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Post-launch calibration and testing of space weather instruments on GOES-R satellite
Author(s): Sivakumara S. K. Tadikonda; Cynthia S. Merrow; Jeffrey A. Kronenwetter; Gustave J. Comeyne; Daniel G. Flanagan; Monica Todirita
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Paper Abstract

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R (GOES-R) is the first of a series of satellites to be launched, with the first launch scheduled for October 2016. The three instruments — Solar UltraViolet Imager (SUVI), Extreme ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensor (EXIS), and Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) provide the data needed as inputs for the product updates National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides to the public. SUVI is a full-disk extreme ultraviolet imager enabling Active Region characterization, filament eruption, and flare detection. EXIS provides inputs to solar backgrounds/events impacting climate models. SEISS provides particle measurements over a wide energy-and-flux range that varies by several orders of magnitude and these data enable updates to spacecraft charge models for electrostatic discharge. EXIS and SEISS have been tested and calibrated end-to-end in ground test facilities around the United States. Due to the complexity of the SUVI design, data from component tests were used in a model to predict on-orbit performance. The ground tests and model updates provided inputs for designing the on-orbit calibration tests. A series of such tests have been planned for the Post-Launch Testing (PLT) of each of these instruments, and specific parameters have been identified that will be updated in the Ground Processing Algorithms, on-orbit parameter tables, or both. Some of SUVI and EXIS calibrations require slewing them off the Sun, while no such maneuvers are needed for SEISS. After a six-month PLT period the GOES-R is expected to be operational. The calibration details are presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9881, Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization IV, 98810L (2 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2228535
Show Author Affiliations
Sivakumara S. K. Tadikonda, Constellation Software Engineering Corp. (United States)
Cynthia S. Merrow, Stellar Solutions, Inc. (United States)
Jeffrey A. Kronenwetter, Chesapeake Aerospace, LLC (United States)
Gustave J. Comeyne, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Daniel G. Flanagan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Monica Todirita, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)


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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