TARANIS to Look into Stormy Lightning with the Help of SPACEBEL

Unravel the mystery of spectacular flashes occurring above thunderstorms will be the mission of the Taranis (Tool for the Analysis of RAdiation from lightNIng and Sprites) satellite, the name of which recalls the Celtic god of the sky, lightning and thunder. Orbiting at an altitude of 700 km, the microsatellite of the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) will carry a series of instruments (cameras, X and Gamma sensors, antennas) to learn more about these strange transitional luminous phenomena in order to understand their possible influence on the Earth’s environment, even meteorology.

Taranis will be launched into space in 2018 from the European spaceport in Kourou for a mission of 2 to 3 years at least.

SPACEBEL is proud to cooperate, once more, with CNES on this new project – a collaboration that is part of our qualification as partner of the framework agreements for the flight software.
Our role: develop the satellite payload start-up and main flight software.

Click here to view a film of CNES explaining the Taranis mission further in detail.

Published November 4th, 2013