There is a growing international awareness about the importance of the epidemiology of diseases and it is recognized that improved up-to date information of the environment, in which infectious diseases occur, will help epidemiologists to study, understand and predict threats to human health.

Within the scope of the Epidemio project satellites will join this field as data sources for epidemics. The scope of this ESA - funded project is to demonstrate and use the potential of Earth Observation for a new application supplying new types of environmental information on epidemiology. Jena-Optronik is the leader of the Epidemio project team. Since the work plan requires combining complementary skills and expertise, a consortium has been organised that is qualified and well experienced in the various relevant fields.

Objectives of Epidemio are the test and demonstration of the potential of Earth Observation for a new service for epidemiology. Furthermore analysing arisen epidemic diseases in a geographically limited - but in the past by epidemics affected area, assess the situation in real time in the area of interest, mapping the burden of diseases and new basis for prevention measurements, mapping the impact of control.

The project started in January 2004 and is divided in the sub-projects: urban mapping, digital elevation map, water body map, rush vegetation map, medium resolution land cover map, historical carthography, wind blown dust map and surface temperature maps.

EPIDEMIO helps epidemiologists by providing the data they need.

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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