Wednesday June 17, 2015 0 comments
BOULDER -- The Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument developed by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. is headed toward its critical design review this month following a successful preliminary design review, Ball said.
TEMPO, an air quality sensor that will provide hourly monitoring of pollution across North America, is the first NASA Earth Venture Instrument mission with a UV-visible air quality spectrometer to be placed in geostationary orbit, Ball said.
“The recent milestone is exciting because we’re now moving into the build-of-hardware for the mission,” said Kelly Chance, principal investigator for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass.
“We have made amazing advancements in the ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy of the Earth’s atmosphere, but TEMPO will allow us to make air quality measurements at revolutionary temporal and spatial scales.”
“Ball Aerospace is pleased to be building the TEMPO instrument under a firm-fixed-price contract with NASA’s Langley Research Center,” said Jim Oschmann, VP and GM of Ball’s Civil Space and Technology business unit.
“Ball has a long history of providing cost-effective solutions for Earth observation and remote-sensing missions with fixed-price contracts.”
TEMPO is designed to make high-resolution observations of atmospheric pollution over North America from Mexico City to the Canadian oil sands and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Ball said.