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Direct solar and lunar viewing ground testing to simulate Earth orbit scenarios with the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) space instrument
Author(s): Alvah S. Moore; Michael S. Cisewski; Marilee M. Roell; John Richard Rawls; Robert E. Veiga; Robert P. Borchardt; Sharon S. Graves; Arthur R. Hayhurst; Joseph C. Hickman; Sidney E. Holloway; Lemuel E. Mauldin; Robin D. Tutterow
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Paper Abstract

The instrument description and ground test simulations of on- orbit scenarios for the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE-III) are presented. SAGE-III is a spectrographic instrument that has been developed in the U.S. and will orbit aboard a Russian Meteor-3M spacecraft beginning Fall of 1999. It will orbit at a nominal altitude of 1020 km and inclination of 99.6 degrees for global coverage. The instrument will measure the attenuated solar and lunar radiation from 290 nm to 1550 nm wavelength range through the stratosphere. The radiant data are normalized to the non- attenuated radiation measured above the atmosphere during each occultation event. The data are used to calculate the vertical distribution of stratospheric aerosols, ozone and other species that are critical in studying trends and global change. After on-orbit operations being, the autonomy of the instrument will not need up-link commands to acquire science data or to transmit the data back to the United States and Russia.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3756, Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research III, (20 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366365
Show Author Affiliations
Alvah S. Moore, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael S. Cisewski, G & A Technical Software, Inc. (United States)
Marilee M. Roell, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
John Richard Rawls, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Robert E. Veiga, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Robert P. Borchardt, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Sharon S. Graves, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Arthur R. Hayhurst, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Joseph C. Hickman, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Sidney E. Holloway, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Lemuel E. Mauldin, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Robin D. Tutterow, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3756:
Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research III
Allen M. Larar, Editor(s)

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