Keeping an eye on the earth
Keeping an eye on the earth with IMOS precision optics
[08.02.2021] [photo credit: DLR © NASA]
The German astronaut Alexander Gerst with the DESIS on the ISS space station. IMOS optics are installed here in the hyperspectral system.
Visual observation of the earth from space is becoming increasingly important for the preservation of our environment. In addition to the electronics, the optical components are of essential importance to the instruments being used. Reliable functionality is only possible with the highest optical precision.
This is where IMOS precision optics come to the fore. IMOS supplied the optics for the LED-based on-board calibration unit for the hyperspectral earth observation unit DESIS, which is currently aboard the ISS. The unit is used for spectral and adiometric calibration on the ISS itself. IMOS optics enable ideal calibration conditions through collimated beams.