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METimage: a multispectral imaging radiometer for the EUMETSAT Polar System follow-on satellite mission
Author(s): F. Schmülling; I. Zerfowski; A. Pillukat; R. Bonsignori
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Paper Abstract

The evolving needs of the meteorological community concerning the EUMETSAT Polar System follow-on satellite mission (Post-EPS) require the development of a high-performance multi-spectral imaging radiometer, the so-called Visible-Infrared Imager (VII). Recognizing these needs, Jena Optronik GmbH proposed an innovative instrument concept, METimage. METimage is the candidate instrument to fulfill the VII mission on Post-EPS. Core item of the METimage instrument is a rotating telescope scanner covering the large swath width of about 2800 km, which is needed for a global coverage by a polar platform. The de-rotated image facilitates in-field spectral channel separation, which allows tailoring individual channel GSD (ground sampling distance) and features like TDI (time delay and integration). State-of-the-art detector arrays and read-out electronics will be employed. The reflecting telescope design is able to support demanding requirements on image quality and ground resolution. The chosen instrument concept covers a spectral range from 443 nm to 13.345 μm and provides 20 to 22 spectral channels. The ground sampling distance is 500 m and 250 m for selected high-resolution channels from low Earth orbit. The METimage instrument development is currently in phase B and has undergone its System Requirements Review in summer 2010.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7826, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV, 78260P (13 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.869272
Show Author Affiliations
F. Schmülling, DLR Space Agency (Germany)
I. Zerfowski, DLR Space Agency (Germany)
A. Pillukat, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)
R. Bonsignori, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7826:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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