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Radiometric stability of the shuttle-borne solar backscatter ultraviolet spectrometer
Author(s): Richard P. Cebula; Ernest Hilsenrath; Thomas J. Kelly; Georgiann R. Batluck
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Paper Abstract

The Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) spectrometer instrument provides regular in-orbit calibration checks on the SBUV/2 ozone/solar irradiance monitoring instruments which are being flown routinely on NOAA operational satellites. The goal of the long-term ozone monitoring program is to detect possible changes in stratospheic ozone with a two sigma accuracy of approximately 1 percent over the course of a decade. This translates into a requirement that the SSBUV instrument be calibrated to a one sigma precision of 1 percent at the wavelengths used for ozone monitoring. We have previously shown that the precision of the SSBUV calibrations is such that we can meet this requirement. Here we discuss SSBUV radiometric sensitivity changes occurring as a result of the first two Space Shuttle flights. Finally, we present and compare SSBUV solar irradiance measurements taken during these flights.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1493, Calibration of Passive Remote Observing Optical and Microwave Instrumentation, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46687
Show Author Affiliations
Richard P. Cebula, ST Systems Corp. (United States)
Ernest Hilsenrath, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Thomas J. Kelly, ST Systems Corp. (United States)
Georgiann R. Batluck, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1493:
Calibration of Passive Remote Observing Optical and Microwave Instrumentation
Bruce W. Guenther, Editor(s)

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