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Operational readiness for the atmospheric infrared sounder (AIRS) on the Earth Observing System Aqua spacecraft
Author(s): Thomas S. Pagano; Denis A. Elliot; Michael R. Gunson; Hartmut H. Aumann; Steven L. Gaiser; Navid Dehghani; Kenneth Overoye
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Paper Abstract

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder project will measure global atmospheric water vapor and temperature with unprecedented resolution and accuracy. AIRS is an infrared instrument covering 3.7-15.4 microns in 2378 IR channels. This paper describes the AIRS mission and science objectives, the instrument design and operation, the calibration plan, the in-flight operational scenario and the Science Processing System. All aspects of the program are addressed here to demonstrate that the AIRS program is ready to transition to the flight segment of the program. The AIRS instrument meets the majority of instrument design requirements established in order to meet the scientific objectives. A well-defined operational approach has been established, and a sound calibration plan has been developed to ensure optimal performance throughout the life of the mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4483, Earth Observing Systems VI, (18 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453468
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas S. Pagano, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Denis A. Elliot, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael R. Gunson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Hartmut H. Aumann, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steven L. Gaiser, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Navid Dehghani, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kenneth Overoye, BAE Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4483:
Earth Observing Systems VI
William L. Barnes, Editor(s)

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