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GMES Sentinel 3: mission overview and aspects of the Calval Plan for its optical payload
Author(s): Jens Nieke; Philippe Goryl; Craig Donlon; Bruno Berruti
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Paper Abstract

The European Union-ESA Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme decided to develop the Sentinels as first series of operational satellites in order to meet specific Earth observation user needs. The series of Sentinel-3 satellites will provide global, frequent and near-realtime ocean, ice and land monitoring. It continues Envisat's altimetry, the multispectral, medium-resolution visible and infrared ocean and land-surface observations of ERS, Envisat and Spot, and includes enhancements to meet the operational revisit requirements and to facilitate new products and evolution of services. The first launch is expected in 2013. In this paper an outline of the Sentinel-3 satellite and optical payload is presented. Dedicated calibration and validation activities regarding the sea and land surface temperature radiometer (SLSTR) and ocean and land colour radiometer (OLCI) are then reviewed. Calibration and validation (calval) activities are based on the heritage gained from ENVISAT MERIS and AATSR experience and cover pre-launch, in-orbit commissioning and operational measures for the Sentinel 3 satellites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7862, Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization, 786203 (11 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.870931
Show Author Affiliations
Jens Nieke, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Philippe Goryl, ESA Ctr. for Earth Observation (Italy)
Craig Donlon, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Bruno Berruti, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7862:
Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization
Xiaoxiong Xiong; Choen Kim; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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