in Space

EarthCARE's Japanese Cloud Radar arrives at Airbus Satellite Centre

Posted 20 April 2017 · Add Comment

EarthCARE, the Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Mission of European Space Agency (ESA), met its Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR), the Japanese payload for the mission, for the first time when the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) handed over the instrument to ESA at Airbus´ Satellite Centre.



Above: The Japanese Cloud Profiling Radar (foreground right) will be assembled to ESA´s EarthCARE satellite which is under development at Airbus.
Photo: Airbus DS GmbH / Mathias Pikelj


Airbus is ESA’s prime contractor to develop and build the EarthCARE satellite.

In the coming weeks, JAXA and ESA teams will run final checks on the instrument before giving a 'green light' to the Airbus project team to integrate it with the spacecraft. Once assembled on EarthCARE, it will be tested intensively for several weeks. Then the instrument will be handed back to JAXA for further adjustments before its final integration next year.

EarthCARE will collect global simultaneous observations of cloud and aerosol profiles together with solar and thermal radiation and will include these parameters in numerical weather and climate models.

Due for launch in 2019, EarthCARE will advance the understanding of the role that clouds and aerosols play in reflecting incident solar radiation back to space and trapping infrared radiation emitted from Earth’s surface. Energy in the atmosphere is balance between incoming light from the Sun - which heats Earth - and outgoing thermal radiation, which cools Earth.

Clouds and, to less extent, aerosols reflect incident solar light back out to space, but they also trap outgoing infrared light. This leads to a net effect of either cooling or heating of the planet. In addition, aerosols influence the life cycle of clouds, and so contribute indirectly to their radiative effect.

The CPR instrument is one of four instruments to be integrated on the EarthCARE satellite. This high power millimetre-wave radar will measure the vertical profiles of cloud structures (water/ice content).

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Aircraft production soars towards annual record

November reached new heights for aircraft deliveries, as both the highest month of this year so far and the best November on record.

Iain Harrison awarded CBE in Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

Iain Harrison, Strategic Engagement Director at QinetiQ since September 2017, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 for his contribution to the British Army.

INVISIO awarded DALO contract

INVISIO has signed a framework agreement with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to supply communication systems to the Danish Army.

WatchGuard acquires Percipient Networks

WatchGuard Technologies has announced that it has acquired Percipient Networks, a developer of automated security solutions for small and midsize organisations.

Stobart Jet Centre opens at Southend Airport

Stobart Aviation has officially launched a major new executive jet fixed based operator (FBO) at London Southend Airport.

Treehouse yields positive results for BAE Systems

Gloucestershire based Innovation & Creative Training Company, Treehouse, has recently completed its first management development programme for BAE Systems’ Combat Air Product Support department, with the Managing

IQPC ADMSK0801200218
See us at
SMI NCWBT3110020218Aviation Africa BT18418SMI FAVSABT2411120418S&P BT281117080318FIL18 BT111017220718