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Cubesats for monitoring atmospheric processes (CubeMAP): a constellation mission to study the middle atmosphere

Weidmann, D., Antonini, K., Martinez Pino, D., Brodersen, B. K., Patel, G., Hegglin, M. ORCID:, Sioris, C., Bell, W., Miyazaki, K., Alminde, L. K., Gabriele, A., Pastena, M. and Hoffmann, A. (2020) Cubesats for monitoring atmospheric processes (CubeMAP): a constellation mission to study the middle atmosphere. In: Spie Remote Sensing 2020, 21-25 September 2020,

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1117/12.2573727


Some aspects of the CubeMAP mission (also known as ESP-MACCS) are presented: its science objectives, and the primary choices made to address them from small satellite platforms. The science case, addressing some key scientific questions related to global change, is elaborated in four objectives focused on upper troposphere and stratospheric composition and its change. The sounding methodology and the associated observation concept retained is a constellation of miniature limb solar occultation thermal infrared sounders, offering the advantages of limb solar occultation, whilst mitigating the inherent lack of coverage of this geometry. The mission focuses on tropical regions as the gateway to the upper troposphere, and the stratosphere. The miniaturized instrument payloads developed for the mission are briefly presented: the High resolution InfraRed Occultation Spectrometer (HIROS) and the Hyperspectral Solar Disk Imager (HSDI). Lastly, the nanosatellite 12U platform and its subsystem are described, completing the overview of the mission space segment.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:93219


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