In 2011, Sofradir scored a hat trick in major space mission contract wins: MTG, MUSIS/CSO and Sentinel5-Precursor.
Within the scope of the five-year Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) contract valued at tens of millions of euros, Sofradir will deliver to Thales Alenia Space France (TAS-F), a leading worldwide manufacturer of satellite and space equipment, custom designed IR detectors. The IR detectors will be integrated in two payloads:
the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) to take IR images of clouds and the InfraRed Sounder (IRS) to analyze the chemical composition of the atmosphere versus altitude. They will operate wavelengths that extend from Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) to Very Long Wave Infrared (VLWIR), in order to better identify and measure various types of clouds and chemical elements. A total of six satellites will be launched under the MTG program, headed by European Space Agency (ESA).
In total, Sofradir will develop six different types of detectors. It will deliver up to 24 flight models for the MTG program.