NASA's Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) performs strategic investments in instrument subsystems, information systems, and most recently the use of CubeSat platforms to advance the technology readiness level (TRL) of relevant Earth Science Decadal Survey technologies to reduce and retire risk before infusion into flight missions. In this talk we describe the ESTO philosophy to strategic investment focusing on radiometer technology development and testing including new work involving spaceborne flight validation of radiometer technologies using CubeSats.
Technology investments made over the past decade by the NASA Earth Science Technology Office
(ESTO) have enabled the current mission concept of the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity
Observatory (CLARREO) mission. Early investments include the Far-Infrared Spectroscopy of the
Troposphere (FIRST) instrument, which today is being used as a testbed to demonstrate new detectors
under development. Current investments, aimed at the CLARREO goals of high absolute accuracy and onorbit
international measurement standards traceability, include a prototype hyperspectral imager, extended
blocked impurity band detectors for far-infrared detection, and a high-accuracy blackbody.
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Enabling Sensor and Platform Technologies for Spaceborne Remote Sensing
9 November 2004 | Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States