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Airbus UK to develop ESA’s TRUTHS climate observation project

Paris, 4 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) has contracted Airbus in the UK to conduct feasibility studies and lead the pre-development of its TRUTHS mission.

TRUTHS stands for Traceable Radiometry Underpinning Terrestrial and Helio Studies and is a space-based climate and calibration observing system to improve confidence in climate-change forecasts.

The mission intends to “provide the gold standard of calibration for space-based Earth observation – a kind of standards laboratory in space,” Richard Franklin, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space UK, said.

„For the first time, the international scientific community will be able to cross reference their measurements and data enabling much more accurate forecasts and analysis, especially from the European Copernicus programme.”

The mission’s full development and implementation is envisaged for 2023.

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