German-French MERLIN mission at COP 21

German-French MERLIN mission at COP 21

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Paris: The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the French space agency (CNES) recently met at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference COP 21, to reaffirm their commitment to jointly develop the MEthane Remote sensing LIdar missioN (MERLIN) satellite that is set to measure concentrations of methane in Earth's atmosphere with unprecedented accuracy. Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, represented Germany and France was represented by Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State, for Higher Education and Research. Also present were Gerd Gruppe, member of the DLR Executive Board responsible for the Space Administration and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of CNES.

Source: DLR