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The engineering model for the multispectral imager of the EarthCARE spacecraft
Author(s): Abelardo Pérez-Albiñana; Robert Gelsthorpe; Alain Lefebvre; Maximilian Sauer; Klaus-Werner Kruse; Ralf Münzenmayer; Guy Baister; Mark Chang; Julie Everett; Andy Barnes; Nigel Bates; Matt Price; Mark Skipper; Bryan T. G. de Goeij; Ellart A. Meijer; Frits van der Knaap; Adriaan Van't Hof
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Paper Abstract

The Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) will be flown on board the EarthCARE spacecraft, under development by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The fundamental objective of the EarthCARE mission is improving the understanding of the processes involving clouds, aerosols and radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere. In addition to the MSI instrument, a Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR), an Atmospheric Lidar (ATLID), and a Broadband Radiometer (BBR) complete the payload of the EarthCARE satellite. By acquiring images of the clouds and aerosol distribution, the MSI instrument will provide important contextual information in support of the radar and lidar geophysical retrievals. The MSI development philosophy is based on the early development of an Engineering Confidence Model (ECM) and the subsequent development of a Proto-flight Model, the model to be launched on-board the EarthCARE satellite. This paper provides an overview of the MSI instrument and its development approach. A description of the ECM and its verification program is also provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8511, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XX, 85110L (24 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.928912
Show Author Affiliations
Abelardo Pérez-Albiñana, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Robert Gelsthorpe, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Alain Lefebvre, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Maximilian Sauer, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Klaus-Werner Kruse, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Ralf Münzenmayer, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Guy Baister, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Mark Chang, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Julie Everett, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Andy Barnes, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Nigel Bates, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Matt Price, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Mark Skipper, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Bryan T. G. de Goeij, TNO (Netherlands)
Ellart A. Meijer, TNO (Netherlands)
Frits van der Knaap, TNO (Netherlands)
Adriaan Van't Hof, TNO (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8511:
Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XX
Marija Strojnik; Gonzalo Paez, Editor(s)

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