By Joshua Stein 
 

ABB Ltd. said Wednesday that it has been awarded a two-year contract from NASA to enable the U.S. governmental agency to take spaceborne photos of planets outside the solar system for the first time.

The Swiss engineering company said it will provide NASA with electronic cores for high-sensitivity cameras, which it has produced in partnership with Canadian imaging technologies company Nuvu Cameras Inc.

ABB said the cores will travel to space on the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope in 2025.

"The Roman mission is a $3.2 billion project which should be 100 to 1,000 times more powerful for imaging exoplanets than what is achieved on the ground today," said Marc Corriveau, General Manager at ABB Measurement & Analytics Canada.

ABB didn't disclose the financial terms of the contract.

 

Write to Joshua Stein at joshua.stein@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 25, 2020 05:43 ET (10:43 GMT)

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