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Fluorescence imaging spectrometer concepts for the Earth explorer mission candidate flex

Paper Abstract

The Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) is one of ESA’s 8th Earth Explorer mission candidates, which has been recently initiated for feasibility (Phase A) study as part of the ESA Living Planet programme. Together with the second candidate mission CarbonSat, these missions will undergo a preliminary concept review and a preliminary requirements review. FLEX has reached a status, where the requirements have been consolidated such that the instrument and satellite concepts could be formulated. The selection of the instrument concepts were derived from detailed trade-offs, which had the aim to meet the instrument requirements while staying in line with the allocated resources for the mission. Although the instrument concepts are not yet fully frozen with respect to all aspects, we will report about the most promising configurations and the expected performance as compared to the scientific requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105641W (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309086
Show Author Affiliations
Stefan Kraft, European Space Agency (Germany)
Umberto Del Bello, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Bernd Harnisch, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Marc Bouvet, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Matthias Drusch, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Jean-Loup Bézy, European Space Agency (Netherlands)


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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