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On-ground re-calibration of the GOME-2 satellite spectrometer series
Author(s): Gerard Otter; Niels Dijkhuizen; Amir Vosteen; Sanneke Brinkers; Bilgehan Gür; Pepijn Kenter; Marcello Sallusti; Dana Tomuta; Rubes Veratti; Annalisa Cappani

Paper Abstract

The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2[1] (GOME-2) represents one of the European instruments carried on board the MetOp satellite within the ESA’s “Living Planet Program”. Consisting of three flight models (FM’s) it is intended to provide long-term monitoring of atmospheric ozone and other trace gases over a time frame of 15-20 years, thus contributing valuable input towards climate and atmospheric research and providing near real-time data for use in air quality forecasting.

The ambition to achieve highly accurate scientific results requires a thorough calibration and characterization of the instrument prior to launch. These calibration campaigns were performed by TNO in Delft in the Netherlands, in the “Thermal Vacuum Calibration Facility” of the institute.

Due to refurbishment and / or storage of the instruments over a period of a few years, several re-calibration campaigns were necessary. These re-calibrations provided the unique opportunity to study the effects of long term storage and build up statistics on the instrument as well as the calibration methods used.

During the re-calibration of the second flight model a difference was found in the radiometric calibration output, which was not understood initially. In order to understand the anomalies on the radiometry, a deep investigation was performed using numerous variations of the setup and different sources. The major contributor was identified to be a systematic error in the alignment, for which a correction was applied. Apart from this, it was found that the geometry of the sources influenced the results. Based on the calibration results combined with a theoretical geometrical hypothesis inferred that the on-ground calibration should mimic as close as possible the in-orbit geometry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105643G (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309063
Show Author Affiliations
Gerard Otter, TNO (Netherlands)
Niels Dijkhuizen, TNO (Netherlands)
Amir Vosteen, TNO (Netherlands)
Sanneke Brinkers, TNO (Netherlands)
Bilgehan Gür, S&T (Netherlands)
Pepijn Kenter, S&T (Netherlands)
Marcello Sallusti, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Dana Tomuta, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Rubes Veratti, Selex Galileo (Italy)
Annalisa Cappani, Selex Galileo (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10564:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012
Bruno Cugny; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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