Aerospace, BIOMASS space mission will have Italo-French “antennas”
Thales Alenia Space – a joint venture between French company Thales and Italian company Leonardo – has recently signed an agreement with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH for the development of the crucial instruments of the antenna of the BIOMASS satellite, the European Space Agency (ESA) mission focused on the planet protection.
With the launch scheduled in 2021, the BIOMASS mission aims at determining the distribution of biomass in the Earth forests and measuring their yearly changes. BIOMASS is based on a single satellite that transports a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and will monitor the deforestation of our planet at a resolution of 50m, generating detailed maps of biomass amount and forest height.
BIOMASS will be the first space mission focused on Earth observation that will use P-band radars, generating data for monitoring ionosphere, glaciers, deserts and vegetation. Thales Alenia Space will develop the array supply system for the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).