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Fibre optics in the SMOS mission
Author(s): K. Kudielka; F. J. Benito-Hernández; W. Rits; M. Martin-Neira

Paper Abstract

Launched on November 2nd, 2009, SMOS (Soil Moisture, Ocean Salinity) is the second Earth Explorer Opportunity mission developed as part of ESA’s Living Planet Programme. It demonstrates a completely new type of instrument – a large, deployable synthetic-aperture microwave radiometer [1].

RUAG Space, Switzerland, as a subcontractor of EADS Astrium, Spain, has provided the instrument’s fibreoptic harness, which interconnects the central data processor with all 69 microwave receivers, as well as 12 auxiliary units on board. For reasons explained in Section 3, SMOS is the first European mission extensively using both fibre-optic clock distribution and data transmission in space.

In Section 2, we present an overview of the scientific goals of SMOS, and describe the payload’s basic function. There from we derive the rationale and the design of the fibre-optic harness (Section 3). In Section 4 all development, manufacturing, and test activities are summarised, which culminated in the successful delivery of all flight units to EADS Astrium by October 2006. We present the major test results obtained with the flight harness (Section 5), and conclude with a short summary of the higher-level activities, which lead to successful launch and commissioning of the SMOS satellite (Section 6).

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10565, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010, 105650Z (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309115
Show Author Affiliations
K. Kudielka, RUAG Space (Switzerland)
F. J. Benito-Hernández, EADS Astrium (Spain)
W. Rits, ESA, ESTEC (Netherlands)
M. Martin-Neira, ESA, ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10565:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010
Errico Armandillo; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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