The LEMON tree is growing with SpaceTech‘s FRUIT

We are proud to announce being part of the Lidar Emitter and Multispecies greenhouse gases Observation INstrument project - short LEMON, a H2020 funded activity. The LEMON consortium consists of 8 partners from 4 different countries, including academic experts, research centres and SME partners.

lemon dial project introduction background
source: LEMON DIAL project


LEMON mission goal

LEMON shall deliver a new Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) sensor concept in order to measure greenhouse gases and water vapour from space and demonstrate the concept in an airborne campaign.

LEMON features

The innovative LEMON concept is based on a versatile, efficient multispecies Lidar emitter:

  • development of only one space instrument for CO2, CH4, H2O, HDO measurements necessary
  • simultaneous CO2+H2O or H2O HDO measurements possible
LEMON Spacetech Development Grafik CH4
Technology development of LEMON Lidar and validation of
the instrument by an airborne measurement campaign
(source: LEMON DIAL project)
        LEMON Spacetech DIAL Lidar Principle Grafik H552px
DIAL Lidar principle (source: LEMON DIAL project)

SpaceTech development for LEMON

Being part of the LEMON project, STI was elected to develop, manufacture and deliver the so-called LEMON FRUIT which consists of a wavemeter, controlling unit, tunable absolute reference laser and heterodyne beating detection. In addition, SpaceTech is responsible for the system planning and evaluation of a future spaceborne LIDAR.

LEMON FRUIT Spacetech Lidar System Grafik
LEMON sub-systems interrelation, TREE: TRansmittEr module, FRUIT: FRequency ReFerence UnIT, ARM: Acquisition and Reciever Module, SEED: Software and ElEctronics for instruments control and data recording (source: LEMON DIAL project)

Growing branches for a spaceborne LEMON LIDAR development
  • Roadmap analysis
  • Sub-units environmental testing
  • Critical components radiation testing
  • Future mission proposals

Visit the LEMON website for further information >

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 821868.