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Technology for the first Earth Explorer candidates
Author(s): A. Tobias; Roland Meynart; W. De Peuter
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Paper Abstract

The Earth Explorers are the research-oriented Earth observation missions of ESA. From a first set of nine proposed missions, four candidates have been selected for study at phase A level: the gravity and ocean circulation mission, the atmospheric dynamics mission, the Earth radiation mission and the land processes and interactions mission. Mission, system and instrument concept studies are in progress to prepare the phase A studies and define the enabling technologies to be demonstrated to prove the feasibility of the candidates. The most critical technology requirements are specific to each mission and deal mainly with the gradiometer and the AOCS for the gravity mission, the laser and microwave transmitters for the atmospheric dynamics and the radiation mission and the infrared detectors and the AOCS for the land processes mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 December 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3221, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites, (31 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.298077
Show Author Affiliations
A. Tobias, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Roland Meynart, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
W. De Peuter, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3221:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites
Hiroyuki Fujisada, Editor(s)

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