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METimage: an innovative multi-spectral imaging radiometer for the EUMETSAT polar system follow-on satellite mission
Author(s): Matthias Alpers; Christian Brüns; Alexander Pillukat

Paper Abstract

The evolving needs of the meteorological community concerning the EUMETSAT Polar System follow-on satellite mission (Post-EPS) require the development of a high-performance multi-spectral imaging radiometer. Recognizing these needs, Jena Optronik GmbH proposed an innovative instrument concept, which comprises a high flexibility to adapt to user requirements as a very important feature. Core parameters like ground sampling distance (GSD), number and width of spectral channels, signal-to-noise ratio, polarization control and calibration facilities can be chosen in a wide range without changing the basic instrument configuration.

Core item of the METimage instrument is a rotating telescope scanner to cover the large swath width of about 2800 km, which all polar platforms need for global coverage. The de-rotated image facilitates use of in-field spectral channel separation, which allows tailoring individual channel GSD (ground sampling distance) and features like TDI (time delay and integration). State-of-the-art detector arrays and readout electronics can easily be employed.

Currently, the German DLR Space Agency, Jena- Optronik GmbH and AIM Infrarot Module GmbH work together implementing core assemblies of METimage: the rotating telescope scanner and the infrared detectors.

The METimage instrument phase B study was kicked-off in September 2008. Germany intents to provide METimage as an in-kind contribution of the first METimage flight model to the EUMETSAT Post-EPS Programme.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 105660K (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308292
Show Author Affiliations
Matthias Alpers, DLR German Space Agency (Germany)
Christian Brüns, DLR German Space Agency (Germany)
Alexander Pillukat, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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