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MIPAS onboard ENVISAT: preparations for in-flight commissioning and calibration
Author(s): Roland Gessner; David John Smith; Peter Mosner; Martin J. Endemann; Herbert Nett; Alistair O'Connell
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Paper Abstract

As one of three ENVISAT instruments dedicated for atmospheric chemistry research, the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS), a high-resolution Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) limb sounding spectrometer, will measure the Earth's limb emission in the infrared range (685 - 2410 cm-1, 14.6 - 4.15 micrometers ) on a global scale over a period of several years. The systematic processing of MIPAS scene and calibration data up to fully calibrated, geo-located limb radiance data and vertical profiles of atomospheric pressure, temperature and volume- mixing-ratios (VMR) of several atmospheric species requires a stable data acquisition and ground processing scenario and a number of calibration and characterization activities prior and after launch. After completion of the Flight Model FM test campaign and subsequent integration and test on the ENVISAT platform, MIPAS is now ready for launch by an ARIANE-5 launcher into an 800 km polar orbit. This paper gives an overview of the MIPAS instrument design, recalls the performance as measured in the instrument ground test campaigns and presents the preparations for the commissioning phase, comprising of an initial switch-on and data acquisition phase (SODAP) and a subsequent calibration/validation (CAL/VAL) phase preparing MIPAS for routine operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4540, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites V, (12 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.450648
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Roland Gessner, Astrium GmbH (Germany)
David John Smith, Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Peter Mosner, Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Martin J. Endemann, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Herbert Nett, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Alistair O'Connell, European Space Agency/ESOC (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4540:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites V
Hiroyuki Fujisada; Joan B. Lurie; Konradin Weber; Joan B. Lurie; Konradin Weber, Editor(s)

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