CHEOPS – CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite – the ESA’s first small mission dedicated to searching for exoplanetary transits by performing ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets.
The DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer DESIS has 235 spectral channels. It is developed by DLR and will be operated on board of the International Space Station. The spatial resolution of the spectrometer is 30m in the visible and near-infarred spectral region (400-1000nm) with a swath width of 30km.
The Integrated Positioning Systems (IPS) is a system developed by DLR Berlin for pose estimation in an unknown environment for indoor- and outdoor applications. It does not require any external information such as GPS. IPS is based on a multi-sensor approach which allows the determination of the ego motion of an object in all six degrees of freedom in a robust and reliably way.
DLR developed the camera electronics including the focal plane, the controller and the power supply for the korean Kompsat-3 and 3A Earth observation satellites. The focal plane enables high-resolution imagery of the surface of the Earth with a ground sampling distance of up to 0.5 m in two panchromatic channels and 2m in four multi-spectral channels (red, green, blue, near infrared).
DLR develops, verifies and tests innovative remote sensing systems. The image data obtained with these sensors are processed automatically in order to provide highly accurate true orthophoto mosaics and surface models. These mosaics and models are the basis for applications such as real-time extraction of objects, automated 3D reconstruction for geospecific simulation worlds or semantic geoinformation for urban applications.
MERTIS is one of the scientific payloads of the ESA deep space mission BepiColombo. BepiColombo will be launched in 2018 to observe the planet Mercury from 2024 on. The instrument is developed by DLR in cooperation with University of Münster. The instrument is based on a highly integrated infrared spectrometer, featuring low mass of only about 3kg and low power consumption of less than 10W.
PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is a medium-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision program. Its objective is to find and study a large number of extrasolar planetary systems, with emphasis on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around solar-like stars. PLATO has also been designed to investigate seismic activity in stars, enabling the precise characterization of the planet host star, including its age.
….is a scientific instrument for the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) robotic space probe of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) scheduled for launch in 2024. The DLR Institute of Optical Sensor Systems is leading both the scientific team and the development of the instrument..
The Venus Emissivity Mapper (VEM) is the first flight instrument designed to focus on mapping the surface of Venus using several atmospheric windows around 1 µm. Its main objective is achieving an instrument SNR of well above 1000, as well as predicted error in retrieval of relative emissivity of better than 1%, assuming the availability of improved Venus topography.