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The TIRVIM Fourier-spectrometer, sensitive to the thermal infrared band, is part of the Atmospheric Chemistry Suite (ACS) instrument. TIRVIM includes three detectors and is designed to operate in several modes: solar occultation, and nadir observations during daytime and night time. Its main scientific goal is to monitor temperature profiles and measure aerosol content during nadir observations.
The European Space Agency's Mars Express, which was scheduled to reach Mars on Christmas Day, is expected to collect the most detailed measurements of that planet to date. Besides solving the mystery of why Mars appears to lack the ferric oxides that had been believed to be the source of its characteristic hue, it is hoped that the spacecraft's orbiter will answer questions about the potential for past or present life, using H2O data from the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer.
An optical communication system suitable for voice communication, data retrieval from remote sensors and identification had been designed, built and tested. The system design allows operation at ranges of several hundred meters. The heart of the system is a modulated MEMS mirror that is electrostatically actuated and changes between a flat reflective state and a corrugated diffractive state.