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In-orbit performance of the AVHRR, HIRS, and AMSU-A instruments on-board the MetOp-A and MetOp-B satellites
Author(s): Douglas Battles; Robert Lambeck; Abelardo Pérez Albiñana; Helmut Bauch; Jörg Ackermann
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Paper Abstract

It is well known that the varying geometrical relationships between the Sun and the Earth throughout the year can affect to some degree the performance of the instruments on-board Earth orbiting satellites. Following the commissioning of MetOp-A, EUMETSAT and NOAA have continued monitoring the long term trends in in-orbit performance of AVHRR, HIRS and AMSU-A. The data acquired since the launch of the satellite has allowed studying how the yearly seasonal variations, as well as aging, have affected the instrument performance. This paper presents the evolution of the performance of the AVHRR, HIRS and AMSU-A for more than six years since the launch of the MetOp-A satellite, as well as the early performance results for MetOp-B.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8867, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXI, 88670D (19 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023333
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas Battles, HE Space Operations, Inc. (United States)
Robert Lambeck, MEI Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Abelardo Pérez Albiñana, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Helmut Bauch, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
Jörg Ackermann, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8867:
Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXI
Marija Strojnik Scholl; Gonzalo Páez, Editor(s)

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