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Balloon Altitude Mosaic Measurements (BAMM) Program
Author(s): William G. Weppner
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Paper Abstract

The Balloon Altitude Mosaic Measurements Program is designed to make temporal, spatial, and spectral measurements of earth backgrounds in the infrared. The measurements obtained from BAMM will support another SAMSO development, the Mosaic Sensor Program. The measurements will be made from a stabilized balloon-borne platform at 100,000 ft. altitude. Scenes to be viewed are background sources such as cirrus clouds, high altitude lakes and snowfields, ocean effects (glitter, land/sea interface), and temporal buildup of cumulus clouds. Emphasis will be on obtaining these measurements at low sun scattering angles. Instruments consist of a 2.7 micrometer radiometer, a 2.5-5.5 micrometer interferometer, and a TV camera for real time viewing and pointing. Four-by-four element mosaic arrays will be the focal planes for the radiometer and interferometer. Per element resolution is 1 kilometer at nadir. Seven flights are planned, each approximately ten hours duration, beginning in January 1978.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1977
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0124, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology III, (9 November 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955839
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William G. Weppner, Space and Missile Systems Organization (SAMSO) (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0124:
Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology III
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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