19 October 2010 Feasibility studies for the follow-on EUMETSAT polar system
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replace the current satellite system in the 2020 timeframe and contribute to the Joint Polar System to be set up with NOAA. Through consultation with users and application experts, requirements have been defined for a range of candidate missions mainly in support of operational meteorology and climate monitoring. A number of on-board instruments, satellite platforms and ground support infrastructure are under study in coordination with ESA, NOAA, DLR and CNES. The satellites will fly in a sun synchronous, low earth orbit at 817 km altitude and 09:30 descending equatorial crossing time, providing observations with global coverage every 12 to 24 hours depending on instrument. The instruments exploit a range of techniques including multi spectral imaging, atmospheric sounding in the optical and microwave spectral domains, radio occultation sounding, scatterometry and microwave imaging. The raw instrument data will be broadcast directly by the satellites, as well as being stored on board for their transmission, in sets spanning up to a full orbit, to polar ground stations. These data will be collected at EUMETSAT facilities and processed to obtain calibrated and geo-located measurements, and records of well defined geophysical variables. The data will be distributed to the users in near real time and archived together with the data of other EUMETSAT satellite systems, making available long term records also suitable for climate monitoring. Feasibility studies for the space and ground systems will be done until early 2012 with the main objective to select the baseline configuration for preliminary definition, development and operation programmes to be proposed and coordinated within the involved organisations.
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S. Banfi, S. Banfi, P. Schlüssel, P. Schlüssel, D. Diebel, D. Diebel, P. Clarke, P. Clarke, M. Betto, M. Betto, Chung-Chi Lin, Chung-Chi Lin, V. Kangas, V. Kangas, S. Kraft, S. Kraft, P. Bensi, P. Bensi, I. Zerfowski, I. Zerfowski, M. Saccoccio, M. Saccoccio, T. Maciaszek, T. Maciaszek, } "Feasibility studies for the follow-on EUMETSAT polar system", Proc. SPIE 7826, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV, 78260O (19 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864925; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.864925


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