30 January 2002 SAGE III meteor mission: pre-launch preparation, post-launch operation, and initial on-orbit data
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The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) Meteor mission was originally scheduled for launch in the early summer of 2001. This paper will discuss the overall SAGE III/Meteor mission and provide a description of the instrument performance based on different pre-launch tests that have been performed over the last two years. Pre- launch tests include instrument radiometric throughput and calibration; wavelength calibration; polarization response; and in-atmospheric testing including sun and moon viewing. The resulting data demonstrate the capability of the instrument to provide high spectral resolution atmospheric spectral measurement in the visible to the near IR wavelength region with a high SNR. The instrument has been integrated onto the Meteor spacecraft at the NIIEM facility in Russia. Since the launch of the Meteor SAGE III has been delayed until the end of 2001, this paper will only provide a description of the planned initial operation of the SAGE III instrument after launch.
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William P. Chu, William P. Chu, Robert E. Veiga, Robert E. Veiga, Michael S. Cisewski, Michael S. Cisewski, Charles R. Trepte, Charles R. Trepte, } "SAGE III meteor mission: pre-launch preparation, post-launch operation, and initial on-orbit data", Proc. SPIE 4485, Optical Spectroscopic Techniques, Remote Sensing, and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research IV, (30 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454243; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.454243
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