18 August 1998 Composite satellite system for global environment observation and international cooperation
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A composite Earth environment observation satellite system is proposed in this paper. The first step is the full utilization of the present meteorological satellites and Earth resources satellites. The second step is to implement two groups of small remote sensing satellites systems, one is of optical sensors (visible spectrum and infrared) and the other is of microwave radiometers, for monitoring the changeable Earth environments. And the third step is to launch a few RADARSATS for observation through the cloud covering. We believe the proposed system could do great benefit to the global and regional monitoring and study in spatial and temporal scales. The two multiple small satellite systems are described in greater detail in this paper, and the results of preliminary design are given. The proposed global system is presented for discussion as a possible program for international cooperation of the Asia-Pacific Area.
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Fangyun Chen, Ainai Ma, "Composite satellite system for global environment observation and international cooperation", Proc. SPIE 3501, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds, (18 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.577865; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.577865

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