Rakon oscillators launched into Space on environmental mission on board the Indo-French SARAL satellite!
Mougins France, February 26, 2013 – Rakon is proud to announce it is part of the exploration of science and contributes to study the environment, from space, thanks to its Ultra Stable oscillators and Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillators used in the Indo-French oceanographic study satellite that was successfully launched on the 25 February 2013 by the Indian Space Agency ISRO.
SARAL is a 410 kg satellite with two payloads developed by Thales Alenia Space and built by the French National Space Agency (CNES). Both missions have the same objective: to promote the study of the environment from space. Argos-3 collects and distributes environmental data and AltiKa is an innovative Ka-band spatial altimeter system dedicated to accurate measurement of ocean surface topography.
The SARAL satellite is a very unique as it is designed to serve the research community in oceanographic studies. It will study the sea surface heights and ocean currents as well as climatic developments. Practical applications include study of marine animal migration, continental ice studies, protection of biodiversity and coastal erosion.
SARAL stands for Satellite for Argos-3 and Altik.
Rakon has confirmed once again its competitive edge in space applications with leading-edge technological solutions that meet the demanding requirements of major international space programs and further strengthens its strong heritage in the space industry.