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EarthCARE mission, overview, implementation approach and development status
Author(s): Alain Lefebvre; Arnaud Hélière; Abelardo 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 co-operating 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 in order to include them correctly and reliably in climate and numerical weather prediction models.

The satellite will be placed in a Sun-Synchronous Orbit at about 400 Km altitude and14h00 mean local solar time. The payload consisting of a High Spectral Resolution UV Atmospheric LIDar (ATLID), a 94GHz Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR) with Doppler capability, a Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) and a Broad-Band Radiometer will provide information on cloud and aerosol vertical structure of the atmosphere along the satellite track as well as information about the horizontal structures of clouds and radiant flux from sub-satellite cells.

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9881, Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization IV, 98810P (2 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223955
Show Author Affiliations
Alain Lefebvre, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Arnaud Hélière, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Abelardo 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. 9881:
Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization IV
Xiaoxiong J. Xiong; Saji Abraham Kuriakose; Toshiyoshi Kimura, Editor(s)

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