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Design and development of the CubeSat Infrared Atmospheric Sounder (CIRAS)
Author(s): Thomas S. Pagano; Carlo Abesamis; Andres Andrade; Hartmut Aumann; Sarath Gunapala; Cate Heneghan; Robert Jarnot; Dean Johnson; Andy Lamborn; Yuki Maruyama; Sir Rafol; Nasrat Raouf; David Rider; Dave Ting; Dan Wilson; Karl Yee; Jerold Cole; Bill Good; Tom Kampe; Juancarlos Soto; Arn Adams; Matt Buckley; Richard Graham; Fred Nicol; Tony Vengel
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Paper Abstract

The CubeSat Infrared Atmospheric Sounder (CIRAS) is a NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) sponsored mission to demonstrate key technologies used in very high spectral resolution infrared remote sensing of Earth’s atmosphere from space. CIRAS was awarded under the ESTO In-flight Validation of Earth Science Technologies (InVEST) program in 2015 and is currently under development at NASA JPL with key subsystems being developed by industry. CIRAS incorporates key new instrument technologies including a 2D array of High Operating Temperature Barrier Infrared Detector (HOT-BIRD) material, selected for its high uniformity, low cost, low noise and higher operating temperatures than traditional materials. The second key technology is an MWIR Grating Spectrometer (MGS) designed to provide imaging spectroscopy for atmospheric sounding in a CubeSat volume. The MGS is under development by Ball Aerospace with the grating and slit developed by JPL. The third key technology is a blackbody fabricated with JPL’s black silicon to have very high emissivity in a flat plate construction. JPL will also develop the mechanical, electronic and thermal subsystems for CIRAS, while the spacecraft will be a 6U CubeSat developed by Blue Canyon Technologies. This paper provides an overview of the design and acquisition approach, and provides a status of the current development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10402, Earth Observing Systems XXII, 1040209 (5 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2272839
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas S. Pagano, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Carlo Abesamis, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andres Andrade, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Hartmut Aumann, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sarath Gunapala, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Cate Heneghan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert Jarnot, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dean Johnson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andy Lamborn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Yuki Maruyama, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sir Rafol, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Nasrat Raouf, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Rider, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dave Ting, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dan Wilson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Karl Yee, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jerold Cole, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Bill Good, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Tom Kampe, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Juancarlos Soto, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Arn Adams, IRCameras (United States)
Matt Buckley, IRCameras (United States)
Richard Graham, IRCameras (United States)
Fred Nicol, IRCameras (United States)
Tony Vengel, IRCameras (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10402:
Earth Observing Systems XXII
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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