2 May 2016 EarthCARE mission, overview, implementation approach and development status
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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 in order to include them correctly and reliably in climate and numerical weather prediction models.

The satellite will be placed in a Sun-Synchronous Orbit at about 400 Km altitude and14h00 mean local solar time. The payload consisting of a High Spectral Resolution UV Atmospheric LIDar (ATLID), a 94GHz Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR) with Doppler capability, a Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) and a Broad-Band Radiometer will provide information on cloud and aerosol vertical structure of the atmosphere along the satellite track as well as information about the horizontal structures of clouds and radiant flux from sub-satellite cells.

The presentation will cover the configuration of the satellite with its four instruments, the mission implementation approach, an overview of the ground segment and the overall mission development status.
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Alain Lefebvre, Alain Lefebvre, Arnaud Hélière, Arnaud Hélière, Abelardo Pérez Albiñana, Abelardo Pérez Albiñana, Kotska Wallace, Kotska Wallace, Damien Maeusli, Damien Maeusli, Jerzy Lemanczyk, Jerzy Lemanczyk, Cyrille Lusteau, Cyrille Lusteau, Hirotaka Nakatsuka, Hirotaka Nakatsuka, Eiichi Tomita, Eiichi Tomita, "EarthCARE mission, overview, implementation approach and development status", Proc. SPIE 9881, Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization IV, 98810P (2 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223955; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2223955
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