Ball Aerospace-Made Air Pollution Sensor Enters Space

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute has launched a Ball Aerospace-made spectrometer that will monitor air pollution in the Asia Pacific.

The Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer, or GEMS, launched Tuesday on Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2B satellite, Ball said Tuesday.

“Data from GEMS will enable KARI’s mission to assess and forecast air pollution by identifying sources and distribution of pollutants in the atmosphere,” said Makenzie Lystrup, vice president and general manager of civil space at Ball Aerospace.

GEMS will perform its sensory functions in geostationary orbit as part of a satellite constellation dedicated to air quality monitoring.

The constellation also includes NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, another Ball-made spectrometer.

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