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Sensor design and capabilities for the Russian American Observational Satellites (RAMOS)
Author(s): Blake G. Crowther; Vitali Zakharenkov; Gary Jensen; Valery Sinelschikov; Thomas Humpherys; Victor Misnik; Robert Anderson; John J. Atkinson
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Paper Abstract

RAMOS, the Russian American Observational Satellite program, is a cooperative space-based research and development program between the Russian Federation and the United States. The planned system configuration is a constellation of two satellites orbiting in approximately the same plane at an altitude of about 500 km, separated from one another by a variable distance centering on about 500 km. These satellites are equipped with passive electro-optical sensors, both US- and Russian-built, that operate over a range from infrared (IR) to ultraviolet (UV) and are designed for near-simultaneous stereo imaging capability. The sensor suite will include visible, IR and UV imaging radiometers, an IR spectrometer, and a short-wave infrared (SWIR) polarimeter. The projected launch date is 2008 with a planned minimum on-orbit lifetime of two years, and a five-year lifetime possible. This paper summarizes the program objectives, anticipated measurements and expected data, and presents the basic system design, expected performance characteristics, and the capabilities of each of the sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5234, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VII, (2 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.513467
Show Author Affiliations
Blake G. Crowther, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Vitali Zakharenkov, Central Science and Production Association Kometa (Russia)
Gary Jensen, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Valery Sinelschikov, Central Science and Production Association Kometa (Russia)
Thomas Humpherys, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Victor Misnik, Central Science and Production Association Kometa (Russia)
Robert Anderson, Utah State Univ. (United States)
John J. Atkinson, Visidyne, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5234:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda; Joan B. Lurie; Michelle L. Aten, Editor(s)

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