Articles | Volume 11, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3861–3870, 2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3861–3870, 2018

Research article 02 Jul 2018

Research article | 02 Jul 2018

A highly miniaturized satellite payload based on a spatial heterodyne spectrometer for atmospheric temperature measurements in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere

Martin Kaufmann et al.

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The concept and optical layout of a limb sounder using a spatial heterodyne spectrometer is presented. The instrument fits onto a nano-satellite platform, such as a CubeSat. It is designed for the derivation of temperatures in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere. The design parameters of the optics and a radiometric assessment of the instrument as well as the main characterization and calibration steps are discussed.