Teledyne e2v sensor takes weather forecasting to the next level of ‘nowcasting’

by | May 10, 2023

MTG-I, launched in December 2022, has released its first images that demonstrates its capability for enhanced weather forecasting.

Chelmsford, UK – Teledyne e2v, part of the Teledyne Technologies, delivered the custom designed CMOS image sensor for ESA and the Eumetsat MTG-I imaging satellite. Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) will take over from the two previous Metrological satellite missions that are currently in operation. 

The first image from this new weather satellite reveals significantly higher detail of cloud vortices, snow cover on the Alps and sediment in the water along the coast of Italy than previously possible, enabling more accurate prediction and analysis of weather phenomena over Europe. This enhances ‘Nowcasting’, defined as the real-time monitoring of rapidly evolving and potentially damaging weather events such as thunderstorms, where improved warnings could make a difference to public safety and the protection of infrastructure.

For Teledyne e2v this is a significant achievement – where long-established CCD imagers have been transitioned to CMOS detectors performing at the highest level for this demanding application.

Gabriela Druitt, Director of Engineering for Space Imaging at Teledyne e2v, said: “It’s great to see these fantastic results. It is a testament to the efforts and skills within our teams who worked on the design, manufacture, and testing of this challenging sensor.  We look forward to more reliable weather forecasting that MTG-I will bring. We are continuing to make rapid progress in the advancement of technology for space imaging, including for Earth observation, for many of the world’s space agencies and industrial players.”

About Meteosat Third Generation (MTG):

MTG is the next-generation European operational geostationary meteorological satellite system, which is a collaborative program between EUMETSAT and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The satellite series will comprise four imaging (MTG-I) and two sounding satellites (MTG-S).  The imaging satellites, MTG-I, carry the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) and the Lightning Imager (LI) instruments. The sounding satellites, MTG-S, include an interferometer, the Infrared Sounder (IRS) and the Copernicus Sentinel-4 instrument, a high-resolution Ultraviolet Visible Near-infrared (UVN) spectrometer. In this way, this third generation of Meteosat will be able to scan and probe the Earth surface and the atmosphere with additional channels and better spatial, temporal and radiometric resolution.

Teledyne e2v is part of the Teledyne Imaging Group. Their leading-edge devices enable customer innovations through access to state-of-the-art technologies, driving the next generation of systems, in signal chain semiconductor devices, full spectrum imaging and high-power radio frequency solutions. Teledyne e2v engineers have led on ground-breaking improvements in cancer radiotherapy systems, ultra-high reliability in critical electronic systems, observing the effects of climate change from space and imaging planetary exploration in our solar system.

For more information, visit https://www.teledyne-e2v.com

Teledyne Imaging is a group of leading-edge companies aligned under the Teledyne Technologies [TDY] umbrella. Teledyne Imaging forms an unrivalled collective of expertise across the spectrum with decades of experience. Individually, each company offers best-in-class solutions. Together, they combine and leverage each other’s strengths to provide the deepest, widest imaging and related technology portfolio in the world. From aerospace through industrial inspection, scientific research, spectroscopy, radiography and radiotherapy, geospatial surveying, and advanced MEMS and semiconductor solutions, Teledyne Imaging offers world-wide customer support and the technical expertise to handle the toughest tasks. Their tools, technologies, and vision solutions are built to deliver to their customers a unique and competitive advantage.

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