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Taranis MCP: a joint instrument for accurate monitoring of transient luminous event in the upper atmosphere
Author(s): Elisabeth Blanc; Thomas Farges; Augustin Jehl; Renaud Binet; Philippe Hébert; Fanny Le Mer-Dachard; Karen Ravel; Mitsuteru Sato

Paper Abstract

The TARANIS microsatellite – CNES, Myriade family - is dedicated to the study of the impulsive transfers of energy between the Earth atmosphere and the space environment, including transient phenomena such as Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) and Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs). It observes from above thunderstorm areas. Part of the payload, the “MicroCameras and Photometers” (MCP) instrument is in charge of the remote sensing of TLEs in terms of optical imaging and waveforms. Its objectives are to identify and characterize lightning flashes and TLEs in optical wavelengths, to determine spectral properties and to provide an alert to all TARANIS instruments for common TLE observations at high resolution. The purpose of this paper is to describe the methodology to observe TLEs from the nadir and to detail the specifications and performances of the MCP instrumentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 1056404 (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309048
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Elisabeth Blanc, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
Thomas Farges, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
Augustin Jehl, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
Renaud Binet, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
Philippe Hébert, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Fanny Le Mer-Dachard, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Karen Ravel, SODERN (France)
Mitsuteru Sato, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10564:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012
Bruno Cugny; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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