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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(1), 47;

Pre-Launch Radiometric Characterization of JPSS-1 VIIRS Thermal Emissive Bands

Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Lanham, MD 20706, USA
The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
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Academic Editors: Changyong Cao, Richard Müller and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 28 October 2015 / Revised: 21 December 2015 / Accepted: 25 December 2015 / Published: 7 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometers and Applications)
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Pre-launch characterization and calibration of the thermal emissive spectral bands on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is critical to ensure high quality data products for environmental and climate data records post-launch. A comprehensive test program was conducted at the Raytheon El Segundo facility in 2013–2014, including extensive environmental testing. This work is focused on the thermal band radiometric performance and stability, including evaluation of a number of sensor performance metrics and estimation of uncertainties. Analysis has shown that JPSS-1 VIIRS thermal bands perform very well in relation to their design specifications, and comparisons to the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) VIIRS instrument have shown their performance to be comparable. View Full-Text
Keywords: JPSS; VIIRS; calibration; pre-launch; thermal bands JPSS; VIIRS; calibration; pre-launch; thermal bands

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McIntire, J.; Moyer, D.; Oudrari, H.; Xiong, X. Pre-Launch Radiometric Characterization of JPSS-1 VIIRS Thermal Emissive Bands. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 47.

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