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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(1), 41;

JPSS-1 VIIRS Radiometric Characterization and Calibration Based on Pre-Launch Testing

Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Lanham, MD 20706, USA
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
Current affiliation: SAIC, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
Current affiliation: Earth Resources Technology, Inc., Silver Spring, MD 20707, USA
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Academic Editors: Changyong Cao, Richard Müller and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 29 October 2015 / Revised: 21 December 2015 / Accepted: 28 December 2015 / Published: 6 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometers and Applications)
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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on-board the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) completed its sensor level testing on December 2014. The JPSS-1 (J1) mission is scheduled to launch in December 2016, and will be very similar to the Suomi-National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) mission. VIIRS instrument has 22 spectral bands covering the spectrum between 0.4 and 12.6 μm. It is a cross-track scanning radiometer capable of providing global measurements twice daily, through observations at two spatial resolutions, 375 m and 750 m at nadir for the imaging and moderate bands, respectively. This paper will briefly describe J1 VIIRS characterization and calibration performance and methodologies executed during the pre-launch testing phases by the government independent team to generate the at-launch baseline radiometric performance and the metrics needed to populate the sensor data record (SDR) Look-Up-Tables (LUTs). This paper will also provide an assessment of the sensor pre-launch radiometric performance, such as the sensor signal to noise ratios (SNRs), radiance dynamic range, reflective and emissive bands calibration performance, polarization sensitivity, spectral performance, response-vs-scan (RVS), and scattered light response. A set of performance metrics generated during the pre-launch testing program will be compared to both the VIIRS sensor specification and the SNPP VIIRS pre-launch performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: JPSS; SNPP; VIIRS; pre-launch; radiometric; performance; calibration; spectral JPSS; SNPP; VIIRS; pre-launch; radiometric; performance; calibration; spectral

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Oudrari, H.; McIntire, J.; Xiong, X.; Butler, J.; Ji, Q.; Schwarting, T.; Lee, S.; Efremova, B. JPSS-1 VIIRS Radiometric Characterization and Calibration Based on Pre-Launch Testing. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 41.

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