31 December 1997 Next generation of ESA satellites and instruments for the Earth Explorer missions
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The Earth Explorers are the research-oriented Earth observation missions of ESA. From a first set of nine proposed missions, four candidates have been selected for study at phase A level: gravity and ocean circulation mission, atmospheric dynamics mission, Earth radiation mission and land surface processes and interactions mission. Mission, system and instrument concept studies are in progress to prepare the phase A studies. First concepts for the complete system have been outlined for the complete system: spacecraft (bus and instrument) and its operation, ground segment and distribution of data. The four missions use different types of spacecraft: a dedicated satellite for gravity, the International Space Station as a carrier for atmospheric dynamics, a medium-size bus for radiation and an agile small satellite for land.
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Roland Meynart, A. Tobias, "Next generation of ESA satellites and instruments for the Earth Explorer missions", Proc. SPIE 3221, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites, (31 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.298068; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.298068
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