15 October 2015 End-to-end performance analysis using engineering confidence models and a ground processor prototype
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The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are co-operating to develop the EarthCARE satellite mission with the fundamental objective of improving the understanding of the processes involving clouds, aerosols and radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The EarthCARE Multispectral Imager (MSI) is relatively compact for a space borne imager. As a consequence, the immediate point-spread function (PSF) of the instrument will be mainly determined by the diffraction caused by the relatively small optical aperture. In order to still achieve a high contrast image, de-convolution processing is applied to remove the impact of diffraction on the PSF. A Lucy-Richardson algorithm has been chosen for this purpose.

This paper will describe the system setup and the necessary data pre-processing and post-processing steps applied in order to compare the end-to-end image quality with the L1b performance required by the science community.
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Klaus-Werner Kruse, Klaus-Werner Kruse, Maximilian Sauer, Maximilian Sauer, Thomas Jäger, Thomas Jäger, Alexandra Herzog, Alexandra Herzog, Michael Schmitt, Michael Schmitt, Markus Huchler, Markus Huchler, Kotska Wallace, Kotska Wallace, Michael Eisinger, Michael Eisinger, Arnaud Heliere, Arnaud Heliere, Alain Lefebvre, Alain Lefebvre, Mat Maher, Mat Maher, Mark Chang, Mark Chang, Tracy Phillips, Tracy Phillips, Steve Knight, Steve Knight, Bryan T. G. de Goeij, Bryan T. G. de Goeij, Frits van der Knaap, Frits van der Knaap, Adriaan Van't Hof, Adriaan Van't Hof, } "End-to-end performance analysis using engineering confidence models and a ground processor prototype", Proc. SPIE 9643, Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XXI, 964305 (15 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2194301; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2194301

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