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Visible And Infrared Spin Scanning Radiometer (VISSR) Atmospheric Sounder (VAS) Ground Data System
Author(s): John T. Dalton; Rita K. Jamros; Dorothy P. Helfer; David R. Howell
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Paper Abstract

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-4) launched on September 9, 1980, carried an improved infrared radiometer to produce the first atmospheric soundings from geostationary orbit. An interactive system has been developed at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center to receive data from this instrument in near real time and to perform interactive display and analysis of the 12 channel infrared imagery. The system is minicomputer based, and uses a menu approach to guide the analyst through spacecraft instrument programming, area and band selection, image acquisition, enhancement, analysis, and presentation of results. The system is interfaced via dual port disks to Goddard's Atmospheric and Oceanographic Information Processing System (AOIPS) for comparison of sounding results with parameters derived from conventional data and from time lapse analysis of visible and IR imagery from other geostationary satellites. The system hardware and software is being expanded to add capabilities for integration and assimilation of VAS data with data from other sources, comparison of severe storm observations from space with special ground network data, and for development of diagnostic models. This paper describes the configuration and operation of the VAS System hardware and software, and discusses the development of transportable software for extension to a distributed multiprocessor environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 November 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0278, Electro-Optical Instrumentation for Resources Evaluation, (6 November 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.931932
Show Author Affiliations
John T. Dalton, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)
Rita K. Jamros, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)
Dorothy P. Helfer, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)
David R. Howell, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0278:
Electro-Optical Instrumentation for Resources Evaluation
Frederick J. Doyle, Editor(s)

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