Technology from Erlangen exploring the Atmosphere

Klaus Mantel from MPLs TDSU developed a spatial heterodyne inferometer which is now on a satellite in low Earth orbit.

Normally, the optical systems studied in the TDSU 2 laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) in Erlangen don’t leave the vibration-isolated and vibration-damped optical tables. This time, however, everything is different. On December 22nd of 2018, shortly after midnight Central European Time, a “Long March 11” rocket was launched from China’s Jiuquan spaceport to send a satellite into low Earth orbit in order to test a new communications system for global, seamless Internet connectivity. Also on board the satellite was a German remote sensing device, which was developed by researchers of the MPL in cooperation with atmospheric physicists of the University of Wuppertal and Research Center Jülich: AtmoSHINE.

Read more about this in the full Press Release.

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