Conference Proceedings

Identification of Spaceborne Microwave Radiometer Calibration Sites for Satellite Missions

C Ruediger, JP Walker, M Allahmoradi, D Barrett, J Costelloe, R Gurney, J Hacker, YH Kerr, E Kim, J Le Marshall, W Lieff, A Marks, S Peischl, D Ryu, N Ye, RS Anderssen (ed.), RD Braddock (ed.), LTH Newham (ed.)

18TH WORLD IMACS CONGRESS AND MODSIM09 INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MODELLING AND SIMULATION | MODELLING & SIMULATION SOC AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

The first dedicated soil moisture satellite mission will be the European Space Agency's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission. This satellite, scheduled for launch in the second half of 2009, has a new type of satellite design that is based on the radio-astronomy technique of simulating a large antenna from a number of smaller ones placed some distance apart. Because of its unique design and the fact it is sensing in a currently unutilized frequency range makes it critical that on-orbit calibration targets be included in the calibration strategy. Consequently, targets such as the Antarctic, cold oceans, tropical forests and deserts are being considered. However, the large footprint..

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