Nov 10, 2014

CGS to provide MetOp Second Generation microwave imager

(10 November 2014) Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio (CGS) has signed a contract with Airbus DS for the realization of the MicroWave Imager (MWI) instrument for the MetOp Second Generation satellites.

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The MicroWave Imager is a sophisticated instrument that will be installed on board the Satellite B series and provide Europe’s National Meteorological Services and, by extension, the international users and Science Community, with unprecedented and high-value data for meteorological and climate monitoring.
By signing this contract, which has a total volume of € 134 million, CGS will assume responsibility for the design and the development of the MWI instrument, from Phase B2 to the final in-orbit verification of three flight models, to be supplied to Airbus DS GmbH, the prime contractor of the MetOp-SG Satellite B.

“With today’s signature, CGS joins the Metop SG programme as responsible for one of the most important instruments of the satellite”, said Roberto Aceti, Managing Director of CGS. “This places our company as one of the keyplayers for the success of the project. All European citizens will benefit from unprecedented scientific information that will be provided by MWI with extremely high radiometric accuracy leading to the outstanding improvement of weather forecasts and a better understanding of climate changes.”

The MetOp-SG satellites will constitute the space segment of the Eumetsat Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) programme that consists of two series of satellites, the “Satellite A” and “Satellite B”, with a nominal baseline of three units each. The MetOp-SG satellites are being developed as a cooperative undertaking between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Eumetsat.

About CGS

CGS – Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio is a leading company in Italy in the field of space systems design, development and integration. The company is part of OHB AG, a European space and technology group that currently employs over 2,000 people in two business units: “Space Systems” and “Aerospace and Industrial products”. Founded in 1981, CGS SpA has its headquarters in Milan and some centres of excellence in Italy.

(source: CGS)