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Suomi NPP VIIRS spectral characterization: understanding multiple RSR releases
Author(s): Chris Moeller; Jeff McIntire; Tom Schwarting; Dave Moyer; Juliette Costa
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Paper Abstract

The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite was successfully launched on October 28, 2011, beginning the on-orbit era of the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). In support of atlaunch readiness, VIIRS underwent a rigorous pre-launch test program to characterize its spatial, radiometric, and spectral performance. Spectral measurements, the subject of this paper, were collected during instrument level testing at Raytheon Corp. (summer 2009), and then again in a special spectral test for VisNIR bands during spacecraft level testing at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (spring 2010). These spectral performance measurements were analyzed by industry (Northrop Grumman, NG) and by the Relative Spectral Response (RSR) subgroup of the Government team, (NASA, Aerospace Corp., MIT/Lincoln Lab, Univ. Wisconsin) leading to releases of the S-NPP VIIRS RSR characterization by both NG and the Government team. The NG RSR analysis was planned to populate the Look-Up-Tables (LUTs) that support the various VIIRS operational products, while the Government team analysis was initially intended as a verification of the NG RSR product as well as an early release RSR characterization for the science community’s pre-launch application. While the Government team deemed the NG December 2010 RSR release as acceptable for the “at-launch” RSR characterization during the pre-launch phase, the Government team has now (post-launch checkout phase) recommended for using the NG October 2011 RSR release as an update for the LUTs used in VIIRS SDR and EDR operational processing. Meanwhile the Government team RSR releases remain available to the community for their investigative interests, and may evolve if new understanding of VIIRS spectral performance is revealed in the S-NPP post-launch era.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8510, Earth Observing Systems XVII, 85101S (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.980437
Show Author Affiliations
Chris Moeller, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Jeff McIntire, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Tom Schwarting, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Dave Moyer, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Juliette Costa, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8510:
Earth Observing Systems XVII
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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