Thales Alenia Space has secured a pair of contracts to supply Ka-band travelling wave tube amplifiers and S-band transpondersÂ forÂ twoÂ projects managed by NASA'sÂ Goddard Space Flight Center.
The company said Monday it will provide the communication equipment to support theÂ Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope andÂ Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean EcosystemÂ missions.
PACE is scheduled to launch in 2022 or 2023 and designed toÂ collect data for ocean biogeochemistryÂ and ecosystem research efforts. The satellite will also work to monitorÂ clouds and aerosol particles in the atmosphere.
The WFIRST observatory will aim to perform a census of approximately 2.6K exoplanets within the Milky Way and help scientistis find answers toÂ questions related toÂ exoplanet detection, infrared astrophysics and dark energy. The space-based telescope is targeted for a 2025 launch andÂ designed to operate over 5-yearÂ mission.
Thales Alenia Space's teamÂ in BelgiumÂ will supply the agency with TWT amplifiers for data downlink functions while the company's business inÂ Spain will develop, analyze, produce andÂ testÂ transponders for space vehicles to send telemetry data to ground control stations.