Contributions within Sentinel

Earth observation programme Copernicus

How is our planet changing? How is the climate changing? Which role does humankind play in it? On the answers to these questions depend the future, the existence and the welfare of humanity. On the answers to these questions depend the measures which will be taken and decisions which are going to be made. The “Copernicus” program is a central element helping to find the answers and marks the beginning of a new era of imaging the earth from space. Copernicus is coordinated by the European Commission and the space segment of the program is financed and developed by the European Space Agency ESA. The “Sentinel” satellites will deliver an unprecedented wealth of earth observation data. They all have technology from Jena on board.

It is the aim of Copernicus to make use of already existing earth observation satellites and to establish a more powerful global satellite system. Copernicus will be continuously observing the global changes as well as identifying and developing solutions and counter measures for the dramatic environmental changes.

Contributions from Jena-Optronik

  • Sun Sensor FSS for Sentinel-1 - Objectives: land and ocean monitoring
  • Star Tracker, electronics and optical filter for Sentinel-2 - Objectives: land monitoring
  • Opto-mechanical structure, subsystems, telescope and scan systems of for Sentinel-3 - Objectives: marine observation
  • Optics for Sentinel-4 - Objectives: air quality monitoring
  • Optics and filter for Sentinel-5 - Objectives: air quality monitoring

Jena-Optronik’s contribution in the framework of Sentinel-2 compasses the design of the overall instrument electrical architecture of the main payload MSI (Multispectral Imager) as well as the development, manufacturing and testing of the Video Compression Unit VCU, a key subsystem of the MSI.  

Within Sentinel-3 Jena-Optronik is significantly involved in the main instrument SLSTR (Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer) by developing essential components for it. Beside the thermal and mechanical engineering of the SLSTR, the Jena-Optronik GmbH is responsible for the opto-mechanical structure, several subsystems, telescope and scan systems of the Sentinel-3 family.

New images for the data archive of our planet: Satellite Sentinel-2B has sent its first views of the earth

On 7th March 2017 Sentinel-2B was launched. It is the fifth satellite for the EU ‘Copernicus’ earth observation program. Essential components of the satellite’s multi-spectral instrument (MSI) were supplied by the aerospace company Jena Optronik GmbH, based in Thuringia, and provide a new perspective of our earth.

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High-tech made in Jena, Germany, for the new satellite platform SmallGEO

The following feat was made possible thanks to the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the European Space Agency (ESA): In Germany, the new satellite platform SmallGEO, which is developed in Bremen by satellite manufacturer OHB System AG, makes it possible to deliver whole satellites. Attitude control sensors by Thuringia-based space company Jena-Optronik GmbH are also included.

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Konnichiwa, successful exhibition in Tokyo

From October, 12-15 2016 we presented us and our products on a GErman Joint booth together with DLR and OHB at the Japan Aerospace Exhibition, Tokyo

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Today’s generation requires a more in-depth knowledge of the world than the previous generation ever did. By exploring space, we are able to discover, survey and understand our home planet. On our updated website, we intend to give you an insight into the world of aerospace and the technology Jena-Optronik produces. Accompany us on our journey!

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Space: It’s all around us

Space inspires us all and creates a wealth of knowledge

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