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DLR to be first user of Earth sensing platform MUSES on ISS

02 October 2013

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On 1 October 2013, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) signed a memorandum of agreement to develop an instrument for the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES), which will be mounted on the International Space Station (ISS).

"Aerospace has no greater task than to observe Earth and its ecosystems from space. It is effective to use existing platforms, such as the ISS, as carriers of Earth observation instruments," explained Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board. "We are delighted at the formation of this partnership between science and industry, which through its very existence will be a catalyst in the ongoing development of new Earth observation systems."

MUSES, the first commercial Earth-sensing platform on the ISS, will further increase the Space Station's research capabilities. The instruments installed on the platform - including high-resolution digital cameras - are oriented towards Earth. The platform can host up to four Earth observation instruments and offers the ability to change, upgrade, and robotically service those instruments.

Source: German Aerospace Center (DLR)