Jenoptik delivers high-quality ceilometers to British Weather Service

The ceilometers of the Defense & Civil Systems division will be integrated into a large nationwide network outside Germany for the first time. The 14 ceilometers of the type "CHM 15k NIMBUS" will be delivered to Met Office, United Kingdom, in March 2011

Jena, (PresseBox) - The Defense & Civil Systems division of the Jenoptik Group has obtained an order from the British national weather service, Met Office, about the supply of 14 high-quality ceilometers in February. The order is worth several hundred thousand GBP. As in the case of the German Weather Service, the high-quality ceilometers of Jenoptik will complement the existing network of Met Office. The German Weather Service has been working with the Jenoptik ceilometers for some time.

Jenoptik is one of the few manufacturers whose ceilometers, also called high-quality laser cloud base recorders (HQ-LCBR), can reliably measure the height of multiple cloud and aerosol layers up to 50,000 ft altitude. The Jenoptik product family "CHM 15k" is able to detect cirrus clouds, cloud coverage, the vertical visibility and boundary layer height.

These data are routinely used by meteorological services and for flight-safety purposes. They also support detailed and long-term climate research. Ceilometers rely on the LIDAR technology (Light Detection and Ranging), an optical variant of radar. The information is gained by measuring laser backscatter data from aerosols and droplets in the atmosphere. The ceilometers are designed to operate throughout the year and in any climate.

Please find pictures of the Jenoptik ceilometers on the following web page, available for download:


As an integrated optoelectronics group Jenoptik operates in the five divisions Lasers & Material Processing, Optical Systems, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, the security and defense technology industry as well as the aviation industry.

The Defense & Civil Systems division focuses on the areas of military and civil vehicle, rail and aircraft equipment, drive and stabilization technology as well as energy systems. The service spectrum also includes optoelectronic instrument and systems for the security industry as well as software, measurement and control technology. In the laser and infrared sensor systems field the focus is on the development, manufacture and marketing of laser distance measurement equipment as well as infrared camera systems designed to meet a wide range of applications.

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