Preparations are underway for the FLEX space mission, which will allow, among other things, to assess the condition of Earth’s crops and the environment. The containers for the transport of scientific instruments, necessary for the implementation of the mission, are being developed by specialists from SENER Poland.
The FLEX satellite (Fluorescence Explorer) instruments will observe the fluorescence of plants. Thanks to this mission, the European Space Agency will track the status of vegetation cover on Earth.
The container for the transport of the FLORIS scientific instrument - a key element of the mission, which will be used to map the fluorescence of the Earth's vegetation in order to quantify the photosynthetic activity - will be designed and developed by engineers from SENER Poland. The project for the FLEX mission is to be completed in September this year.
"It is the shipping containers that are of key importance, completely isolating the cargo from the influence of external factors. It is not only about weather factors, but also shocks or vibrations during loading and transport, e.g. by air," Paweł Paśko, Project Manager at SENER Poland, said, quoted in the company's press release.
“In response to the needs of space agencies and satellite manufacturers, the container must undergo numerous endurance tests to ensure that it can withstand the rigours of transport. Its task is also to provide the transported instruments with adequate ventilation, temperature and humidity," the release reads.
FLEX, which is to be launched in 2024, will fulfil its mission for three and a half years, operating in tandem with the Sentinel-3 satellite, which is part of ESA's Copernicus Earth observation programme.