Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer-Focal Plane Opto-Mechanical Assembly
Under contract to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), SDL designed, fabricated, and tested the re-imaging optics and focal plane mechanical support/cyrogenic isolation FPOMA for TES, a high-resolution infrared imaging Fourier transform spectrometer.
TES, part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) Aura mission to study the Earth's ozone, air quality and climate, will measure the state of the Earth's lower atmosphere in order to further our understanding of long-term trends. TES is specifically designed to research the troposphere, the region of the atmosphere (from the ground to about 10km) that most affects our daily lives. The Aura satellite launched successfully 15 July 2004 and will perform measurements for five or more years.