Sener Aeroespacial will Supply Scanner Mechanisms for the Forum Mission

Sener Aeroespacial will Supply Scanner Mechanisms for the Forum Mission

Sener Aeroespacial has signed a contract to supply scanners, calibration mechanisms, and electronics for the Forum mission (Far-Infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring), which will be the ninth Earth Explorer mission by the European Space Agency (ESA). By measuring the radiation emitted into space by the Earth, this mission will provide new insights into the amount of planetary radiation and how to control it. This will lead to improvements in the climate models and, thus, to further precision in climate change assessments and climate prediction.

The mechanisms supplied by Sener Aeroespacial will allow sequencing of the regular calibration and scanning points of the atmosphere’s surface in an automated way. As a result, it will allow for building a complete map of the surface and monitoring its evolution over time, with the aim of understanding how temperature is regulated on the surface.

Pablo Campo, Project Manager of the Forum’s Mechanisms, comments that “the aim of this mission is to obtain unknown information on the behavior of the climate and global warming." It involves studying an infrared band that is not covered by any other Earth observation satellite in order to regulate the climate. We will be able to map the heat balance of the atmosphere and see, layer by layer and component by component, how much heat the Earth receives and stores from the Sun and how much it emits back into space. ESA has made this mission urgent.

Sener Aerospace has experience with similar mechanisms, such as the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellite’s scanner. The insights obtained in this program will enable the team at Sener Aerospace to develop this system in an extremely short time, in line with the mission’s urgency.

Sener Aerospace has been a benchmark in the international space industry since 1967 and has provided equipment and systems to over 1,500 satellites and space vehicles on the telecom market, as well as nearly 300 devices and systems on board NASA, ESA, JAXA, and Roscosmos missions, all with a 100% reliability rate. Among its main programs, important ESA and NASA missions stand out, such as HRE, SEOSAT/Ingenio, CHIME, LSTM, Hubble, Rosetta, SMOS, Pléiades, Herschel&Planck, JUICE, Athena, Solar Orbiter, Proba-3, Gaia, BepiColombo, ExoMars, Curiosity, Euclid, LISA Pathfinder, MTG, FLEX, LOP Gateway, Mars2020, Earth Explorers, COPERNICUS and Galileo; in Science, with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the telescopes William Herschel, EST, and ELT are particularly noteworthy; and in the commercial market, as the supplier of the main international manufacturers of communications satellites, as well as in New Space (constellations Spainsat NG, Globalstar 2G, O3B, Iridium NEXT, OneWeb, OneSat) and in launchers and vehicles like ATV, IXV, ARIANE 6, VEGA, Verta and Space Rider.

Click here to learn more about the ninth Earth Explorer mission by the European Space Agency (ESA)

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BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
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BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
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GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
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Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


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Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


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NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013