In August 2013, Kongsberg started developing the laser metrology receiver for the IRS instrument, which will fly on the MTG-S satellites. This receiver represents a new generation, significantly more complex and accurate than our previous receivers manufactured more than 10 years ago.
The IRS (Infrared Sounder) instrument will, from its geo-stationary position, measure water vapour and temperature structures in the atmosphere.
Yet another laser unit is under development at Kongsberg. Basis is found in the two previous laser designs, but this unit will outperform the two older ones. So far, a proof-of-concept demonstrator has revealed signs of a successful design.
Kongsberg’s ambitions are to further develop their competence within space electrooptics to meet the increasing challenges in coming space projects.