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EarthCARE mission, overview, implementation approach, and development status
Author(s): Alain Lefebvre; Arnaud Hélière; Aberlardo Pérez Albiñana; Kotska Wallace; Damien Maeusli; Jerzy Lemanczyk; Cyrille Lusteau; Hirotaka Nakatsuka; Eiichi Tomita
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Paper Abstract

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are cooperating to develop the EarthCARE satellite mission with the fundamental objective of improving the understanding of the processes involving clouds, aerosols and radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere. The payload consists of two active and two passive instruments: an ATmospheric LIDar (ATLID), a Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR), a Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) and a Broad-Band Radiometer (BBR). The four instruments' data are processed individually and in a synergetic manner to produce a large range of products, which include vertical profiles of aerosols, liquid water and ice, observations of cloud distribution and vertical motion within clouds, and will allow the retrieval of profiles of atmospheric radiative heating and cooling. The presentation will cover the configuration of the satellite with its four instruments, the mission implementation approach, an overview of the ground segment and the overall mission development status. The four instruments performance, based upon currently available analyses and test results will also be briefly addressed with a focus on the ESA instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9264, Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization III, 926403 (19 November 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2069309
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Alain Lefebvre, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Arnaud Hélière, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Aberlardo Pérez Albiñana, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Kotska Wallace, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Damien Maeusli, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Jerzy Lemanczyk, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Cyrille Lusteau, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Hirotaka Nakatsuka, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Eiichi Tomita, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9264:
Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization III
Xiaoxiong Xiong; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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