Ball Aerospace building two air quality sensors, TEMPO and GEMS, to monitor global pollution

By: InnovatioNews Thursday April 24, 2014 0 comments Tags: Boulder, GEMS, Rob Strain, TEMPO

Ball Aerospace logoBOULDER - Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. announced two air quality sensors it is building will provide future environmental monitoring to support a better quality of life on Earth.

The company said it is building nearly identical geostationary ultraviolet visible spectrometers called the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument for NASA Earth Venture and the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) that's being jointly developed with the South Korea Aerospace Research Institute.

Ball said both instruments will complete critical design in 2015 and be delivered in 2017.

"The simultaneous build of the TEMPS and GEMS spectrometers is allowing us to capture multiple design and affordability efficiencies between the two instruments," said Rob Strain, Ball Aerospace president.

"Both instruments are similar from a technical basis, and the duplicate build allows recurring and non-recurring cost savings in design, procurement and hardware manufacturing for both customers."

Ball said TEMPO will - for the first time - make accurate observations of atmospheric pollution with high spatial and temporal resolution over North America from Mexico City to the Canadian tar/oil sands regions and from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Ball said GEMS will monitor trans-boundary pollution events for the Korean peninsula and the Asia-Pacific region.

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