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Post-launch tests of radiometric functions of GOES sensors
Author(s): Jeanette G. Baucom; Michael P. Weinreb; Edward C. Wack; Rongrong Xie Johnson
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Paper Abstract

The imagers and sounders aboard NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) provide quantitative data for weather forecasting and studies of the Earth's atmosphere and surface. This paper describes the post-launch radiometric testing of the imagers and sounders and present result from the instruments aboard the GOES-8, - 9, and -10 satellites. In these tests, we measure such quantities as nose and signal-to-noise ratios, radiometric responsivities and their variability, and detector 1/f noise. Performance anomalies specific to GOES, such as variation of scan-mirror reflectance with east-west scan angle, are characterized. The on-orbit results are compared with the performance specification, with pre-launch test result, and with results, and with results of post-launch tests of the imagers and sounders on other GOES satellites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3750, Earth Observing Systems IV, (24 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363541
Show Author Affiliations
Jeanette G. Baucom, Swales Aerospace (United States)
Michael P. Weinreb, NOAA/NESDIS (United States)
Edward C. Wack, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Rongrong Xie Johnson, Integral Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3750:
Earth Observing Systems IV
William L. Barnes, Editor(s)

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