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SIRAS-G: the Spaceborne Infrared Atmospheric Sounder: laboratory instrument development
Author(s): Thomas U. Kampe
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Paper Abstract

The Spaceborne Infrared Sounder for Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SIRAS-G) represents a new approach to infrared imaging spectrometry suitable for Earth observation from geosynchronous orbit. SIRAS-G is currently being developed under NASA’s Instrument Incubator Program (IIP-4). SIRAS-G is an instrument concept with lower mass and power requirements than heritage instruments that offers enhanced capabilities for measuring atmospheric temperature, water vapor, and trace gas column abundances in a compact package. The flight instrument concept measures infrared radiation in 2048 spectral channels with a nominal spectral resolution (λ/Δλ) of 1400. The system employs wide field-of-view hyperspectral infrared optical system that splits incoming radiation to four separate grating spectrometer channels. Combined with large 2-D focal planes, this system provides simultaneous spectral and high-resolution spatial imaging. In 1999, the SIRAS team built and tested the SIRAS LWIR Spectrometer (12.0 - 15.4μm) under NASA’s Instrument Incubator Program (IIP-1). SIRAS-G builds on this experience with a goal of producing a laboratory demonstration instrument including the telescope, a single spectrometer channel, focal plane and active cooling subsystem. In this paper, we describe the on-going development of this laboratory demonstration instrument, including design, performance requirement predictions, and potential future scientific instrument applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5523, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering V, (14 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560496
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Thomas U. Kampe, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5523:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering V
Pantazis Z. Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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