2 February 2021

Systems and Instrumentation

Bertin signs a new contract with Thales Alenia Space for the supply of ground test equipment

Bertin Technologies has been selected by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %), for both design and supply of ground test equipment to assess the performances of the embedded spectrometer of the CO2M mission. This spectrometer will allow to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. The European Union will then acquire a unique and independent source of information to evaluate the efficiency of political actions, follow their impact on the decarbonization of Europe, and rise to the national challenges of emission reduction.

 CO2M mission’s instrument of the Copernicus Programme @Thales Alenia Space

Bertin Technologies, a CNIM group company, announces that it has been selected by Thales Alenia Space to design and supply calibration test benches aiming at assessing the optical performances of the embedded spectrometer CO2l of the CO2M mission (more information below, in the press release). Being the partner of key European players, Bertin Technologies has an established expertise in the development of optical test benches and embedded systems for the space industry, that it recently applied to the MTG* and MUSIS program**.

With this new contract, Bertin Technologies will contribute to both control of atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions and reduction of greenhouse gas, and will then help to protect our environment.

Optical Ground Support Equipment COBRA

The Optical Ground Support Equipment OGSE named COBRA will allow to analyze the optic capacities of CO2l and its detector, in terms of geometry and radiometry. It will also perform measurements on 4 different spectral bandwidths: Visible Infrared (VIS), Near InfraRed (NIR), Short-Wave InfraRed 1 (SWIR 1) and Short-Wave InfraRed 2 (SWIR 2).

As for Winlight System, Bertin’ subsidiary specialized in high performance optical systems and components, it will supply the OGSE’s collimators. These instruments will be able to simulate the lights coming from the infinity and to imitate a coherent space environment, in order to better calibrate the CO2l instrument.

The qualification and the delivery of the COBRA equipment are both scheduled for the first quarter of 2022, the mission’s launch being planned in


*MTG: Meteosat Third-Generation. A new generation of meteorological satellites to be exploited by EUMETSAT, comprising 4 imaging and 2 sounding satellites.

** MUSIS Program (Multinational Space-based Imaging System for Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Observation): European initiative to be equipped with high performance space-based platforms for Earth observation, through the creation of the Optical Space Component (under French leadership), 2 radar components (One German, one Italian), and one wide field optical component.


Read the press release