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The MetOp second generation 3MI mission
Author(s): Ilias Manolis; Jérôme Caron; Semen Grabarnik; Jean-Loup Bézy; Maurizio Betto; Hubert Barré; Graeme Mason; Roland Meynart

Paper Abstract

ESA is currently running two parallel, competitive phase A/B1 studies for MetOp Second Generation (MetOp-SG). MetOp-SG is the space segment of EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS-SG) consisting of the satellites and instruments. The Phase A/B1 studies will be completed in the first quarter of 2013. The final implementation phases (B2/C/D) are planned to start 2013. ESA is responsible for instrument design of five missions, namely Microwave Sounding Mission (MWS), Scatterometer mission (SCA), Radio Occultation mission (RO), Microwave Imaging mission (MWI), Ice Cloud Imaging (ICI) mission, and Multiviewing, Multi-channel, Multi-polarization imaging mission (3MI). This paper will present the instrument main design elements of the 3MI mission, primarily aimed at providing aerosol characterization for climate monitoring, Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), atmospheric chemistry and air quality. The 3MI instrument is a passive radiometer measuring the polarized radiances reflected by the Earth under different viewing geometries and across several spectral bands spanning the visible and short-wave infrared spectrum. The paper will present the main performances of the instrument and will concentrate mainly on the performance improvements with respect to its heritage derived by the POLDER instrument. The engineering of some key performance requirements (multiviewing, polarization sensitivity, etc.) will also be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105640A (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309178
Show Author Affiliations
Ilias Manolis, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Jérôme Caron, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Semen Grabarnik, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Jean-Loup Bézy, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Maurizio Betto, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Hubert Barré, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Graeme Mason, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Roland Meynart, ESA-ESTEC (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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