Airbus Defence and Space

Envisat’s instruments

The most complete observations of our planet

Airbus Defence and Space is responsible for five of Envisat's instruments

Envisat is Europe’s most powerful Earth observation satellite. It carries 10 instruments that help scientists understand each part of the Earth’s systems, and predict how changes in one part will affect others.

Airbus Defence and Space built five of the 10 instruments.

Airbus Defence and Space Germany was the prime contractor for the overall mission and the instrumentation and was also responsible for the MIPAS infrared spectrometer and the SCIAMACHY imaging spectrometer as well as the satellite’s payload bay. Airbus Defence and Space’s site in the UK designed and built the Polar Platform, the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) and the Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR), while Airbus Defence and Space France delivered the service module and the GOMOS instrument for ozone monitoring. Airbus Defence and Space Spain supplied the ASAR instrument’s radiating panels and the RA-2 radar altimeter’s antenna.

Despite extremely challenging system specifications, Envisat has exceeded all expectations, delivering observations of an even higher quality than was originally specified.




SCIAMACHY MIPAS GOMOS Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar ASAR AATSR
      SCIAMACHY           MIPAS          GOMOS           ASAR           AATSR


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