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Instrumentation on the RAIDS experiment I: far-ultraviolet imaging spectrograph and scanning grating spectrometers for the middle and near ultraviolet
Author(s): Robert P. McCoy; Robert R. Meier; Kenneth D. Wolfram; J. Michael Picone; Stefan E. Thonnard; Gilbert G. Fritz; Jeff S. Morrill; David Alan Hardin; Andrew B. Christensen; David C. Kayser; James B. Pranke; Paul R. Straus
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Paper Abstract

The RAIDS experiment is an optical remote sensing platform consisting of eight sensors (spectrographs, spectrometers and photometers) covering the wavelength range 550 A to 8744 A. RAIDS employs a mechanical scan platform to view the Earth's limb and measure vertical profiles of atmospheric dayglow and nightglow from the mesosphere to the upper regions of the F region ionosphere (75 -750 km). RAIDS will be flown on the NOAA J weather satellite through the auspices of the Air Force Space Test Program (STP). The RAIDS wavelength and altitude coverage allows remote sensing of the major, and many minor constituents in the thermosphere and ionosphere. These measurements will be used as part of a proof-of-concept for remote sensing of ionospheric and neutral density profiles. The RAIDS database will be used to study composition, thermal structure and couplings between the mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere. RAIDS is a joint venture of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and The Aerospace Corporation. This paper describes the subset of RAIDS instruments developed at NRL covering the far to near ultraviolet (1300 A - 4000 A). A companion paper describes the balance of the experiment complement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1992
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1745, Instrumentation for Planetary and Terrestrial Atmospheric Remote Sensing, (29 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60601
Show Author Affiliations
Robert P. McCoy, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Robert R. Meier, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth D. Wolfram, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. Michael Picone, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Stefan E. Thonnard, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Gilbert G. Fritz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jeff S. Morrill, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
David Alan Hardin, Computational Physics Inc. (United States)
Andrew B. Christensen, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
David C. Kayser, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
James B. Pranke, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Paul R. Straus, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1745:
Instrumentation for Planetary and Terrestrial Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Supriya Chakrabarti; Andrew B. Christensen, Editor(s)

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