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Technology development in support of hyperspectral infrared atmospheric sounding in a CubeSat
Author(s): Thomas S. Pagano; Carlo Abesamis; Andres Andrade; Hartmut Aumann; Sarath Gunapala; Cate Heneghan; Robert Jarnot; Dean Johnson; Andy Lamborn; Yuki Maruyama; Sir Rafol; Nasrat Raouf; David Rider; Dave Ting; Dan Wilson; Karl Yee; Jerold Cole; Bill Good; Tom Kampe; Juancarlos Soto; Arn Adams; Matt Buckley; Richard Graham; Fred Nicol; Tony Vengel; John Moore; Thomas Coleman; Steve Schneider; Chris Esser; Scott Inlow; Devon Sanders; Karl Hansen; Matt Zeigler; Charles Dumont; Rebecca Walter; Joe Piacentine
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Paper Abstract

Hyperspectral infrared sounding in a CubeSat will provide a new dimension to the current suite of IR sounders by allowing measurements at multiple times of day and enabling formation flying of IR sounders for new data products such as Atmospheric Motion Vector (AMV) winds. This paper focuses on technology development during the CubeSat Infrared Atmospheric Sounder (CIRAS) project sponsored by the NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO), and coincident studies by the NOAA Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis (OPPA). The CIRAS approach incorporates key new instrument technologies developed at JPL’s Microdevices Lab (MDL) including a 2D array of High Operating Temperature Barrier Infrared Detector (HOT-BIRD) material, selected for its high uniformity, low cost, low noise and higher operating temperatures than traditional materials. The second key technology is an MWIR Grating Spectrometer (MGS) designed by Ball Aerospace with a JPL MDL slit and immersion grating to provide hyperspectral infrared imaging in a CubeSat volume. The third key technology is a blackbody calibration target fabricated with MDL’s black silicon to have very high emissivity in a flat plate construction. JPL has completed design and breadboard of the mechanical, electronic and thermal subsystems for CIRAS payload including a HOT-BIRD FPA, with filters in a dewar and a breadboard of the electronics and scan mirror assembly. Blue Canyon Technologies, developer of the CIRAS 6U CubeSat, completed the Final Design Review for the spacecraft.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2018
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10769, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II, 1076906 (18 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2320911
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Thomas S. Pagano, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Carlo Abesamis, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andres Andrade, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Hartmut Aumann, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sarath Gunapala, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Cate Heneghan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert Jarnot, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dean Johnson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andy Lamborn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Yuki Maruyama, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sir Rafol, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Nasrat Raouf, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Rider, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dave Ting, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dan Wilson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Karl Yee, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jerold Cole, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Bill Good, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Tom Kampe, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Juancarlos Soto, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Arn Adams, IRCameras (United States)
Matt Buckley, IRCameras (United States)
Richard Graham, IRCameras (United States)
Fred Nicol, IRCameras (United States)
Tony Vengel, IRCameras (United States)
John Moore, IRCameras (United States)
Thomas Coleman, IRCameras (United States)
Steve Schneider, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)
Chris Esser, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)
Scott Inlow, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)
Devon Sanders, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)
Karl Hansen, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)
Matt Zeigler, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)
Charles Dumont, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)
Rebecca Walter, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)
Joe Piacentine, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10769:
CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II
Thomas S. Pagano; Charles D. Norton, Editor(s)

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