Published on 26 April 2017
Belgium begins the construction of a new space mission, ALTIUS. It is aimed at solving the imminent shortage of satellites capable of measuring the distribution of the most important components in our atmosphere.
These measurements are indispensable for atmospheric models that calculate the effects of increasing greenhouse gas emissions or the banning of chemicals that affect the ozone layer.
ALTIUS is also a technological breakthrough due to its flexible viewing direction and its innovative concept for atmospheric measurements. The Royal Belgian Institute of Space Aeronomy is the driving force behind the mission, which has recently officially become part of the Earth Watch program of the European Space Agency ESA.