Contract secures build of ozone-monitoring Altius satellite
27 January 2020
ESA has awarded a contract to QinetiQ to build Altius. This new mission will deliver profiles of concentrations of stratospheric ozone with high vertical resolution, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases.
The contract, worth €75 million, was signed today at ESA in the Netherlands by the Agency's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, and QinetiQ Space's CEO, Erik Masure. The mission was initially proposed by the Belgian Institute of Space Aeronomy.
With the contract in place, QinetiQ will lead a consortium of companies, including the OIP Sensor Systems the prime contractor for the satellite instrument, from Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg and Romania to build the Altius satellite and make it ready for launch from French Guiana by the end of 2023.