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An update of sounding of the atmosphere using broadband emission radiometry (SABER) calibration
Author(s): Joseph J. Tansock; James M. Russell III; Martin G. Mlynczak; Larry L. Gordley; Chris Brown; Greg Paxton; Patrick McMichaels
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Paper Abstract

The sounding of the atmosphere using broadband emission radiometry (SABER) instrument is a 10-channel infrared (1.27-16.9μm) radiometer launched on the TIMED (Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics, and Dynamics) satellite in December 2001 from Vandenburg Air Force Base. SABER measures earthlimb emissions and characterizes infrared radiation, allowing calculation of atmospheric temperature and composition (ozone, water vapor, and carbon dioxide), as well as solar and chemical heating rates and infrared cooling rates. Although SABER focuses on the unexplored 60-180km region, it makes measurements covering the 10-350km altitude region. Ground calibration testing was completed in September 1999. Subsequent data analyses and report generation were completed in June, 2000. This paper provides a brief overview of instrument design, calibration planning, ground calibration testing, and results. Also included is an assessment of nearly five years of post launch validation and calibration maintenance. Using SABER as an example, conclusions are given regarding the benefit of a detailed calibration approach and how it enhances the quality of science data and mission success.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6297, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XIV, 62970V (30 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.692857
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph J. Tansock, Utah State Univ. (United States)
James M. Russell III, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Martin G. Mlynczak, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Larry L. Gordley, GATS Inc. (United States)
Chris Brown, GATS Inc. (United States)
Greg Paxton, GATS Inc. (United States)
Patrick McMichaels, GATS Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6297:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XIV
Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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