This week’s vessel is the BEM Monge, a Measure and Test Ship of the French Navy. The ship is equipped with extensive tracking technologies as well as trajectory processing and radio-electrical analysis, and specializes in taking measurements, processing data, and conducting naval and air surveillance.
In addition to its military functions, the BEM Monge participates in civilian missions for surveillance, space observation, and trajectography. The French space agency CNES has also used the BEM Monge to gather and process the launching parameters for the Ariane 5 space rocket.
Above image via Flickr user Tom Turner – SeaTeamImages / AirTeamImages