Thales Alenia Space Gets Contract With Italian Space Agency
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Thales Alenia Space has a contract with the Italian Space Agency to build their Multi Element Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (Metis) instrument, to be used on the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter scientific satellite.

The Solar Orbiter satellite, scheduled for launch in 2017, will carry out the first observations of the Sun and its environment at a distance of just 0.28 Astronomical Units (i.e., 28 percent of the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun). The Metis instrument will offer simultaneous high-resolution imaging of the full corona in polarized visible light and in ultraviolet light.

Read more at http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/2013/10/16/thales-alenia-space-to-build-new-instrument-for-the-italian-space-agencys-solar-orbiter/.

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