Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has won a contract to help South Korea’s aeronautics and space agency design, manufacture and test an instrument to measure transboundary pollutants over the Korean Peninsula and Asia-Pacific region.
Under the contract, Ball Aerospace and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute will co-develop the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer intended to provide spatial and temporal images of the ozone and its antecedents, the company said Monday.
KARI plans to launch the instrument onboard a geostationary satellite in 2018.
According to the Boulder, Colo.-based firm, hourly data collected through GEMS will help monitor climate change and give early signs of atmospheric pollution.
GEMS is the Asian module in a series of satellites including NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution mission that was built to run a global air quality monitoring program.
Ball Aerospace supplied the TEMPO instrument for the Langley Research Center and Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Both TEMPO and GEMS use the company’s ultraviolet-visible spectrometry technology, according to Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager of Ball Aerospace’s operational space business unit.
“Ball is excited to be working with KARI to provide this environmental sensor and enable greater monitoring of pollution,” Ludtke said, adding, “This international collaboration represents the beginning of an important relationship.”