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Studying volcanism and surface composition of Venus with the highly integrated Venus Emissivity Mapper suite

Helbert, Jörn and Vandaele, A.-C. and Widemann, T. and Thomas, Ian and reese, J.-M. and Wendler, Dennis and Ferrari, Sabrina (2015) Studying volcanism and surface composition of Venus with the highly integrated Venus Emissivity Mapper suite. LCPM-11 2015, 2015-06-09 - 2015-06-11, Berlin, Deutschland.

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The Venus Emission Mapper (VEM) instrument suite consists of two channels – VEM-M and VEM-H. VEM-M is a multispectral infrared imager with strong heritage from the MERTIS instrument on BepiColombo, while VEM-H is high-resolution, nadir-pointing, infrared spectrometer with strong heritage from SOIR on VenusExpress. VEM-M can provide global compositional data on rock types, weathering, and crustal evolution by mapping the Venus surface in five atmospheric windows. We use additional filters for the removal of clouds, water, and stray light. VEM-M leverages the approach pioneered by VIRTIS on Venus Express that used narrow-band atmospheric windows, but with an order of magnitude higher sensitivity and fuller spectral and spatial coverage. VEM-H will be dedicated to extremely high-resolution atmospheric measurements. The main objective of the VEM-H channel is to detect and quantify SO2, H2O and HDO in the lower atmosphere, to enable characterisation of volcanic plumes released from the surface of Venus. VEM-H is observing through the 1μm, 1.7μm, and 2-2.3μm atmospheric windows, where viewing the lower atmosphere is possible. VEM-H complements VEM-M by providing information one Venus' surface and near-surface activity. VEM follows a highly integrate payload concept. Both instrument channels will use a common MERTIS derived instrument controller and power supply unit and will be integrated in a common housing. Due to the different optical requirements the instrument channels use separate apertures and optics that allow maximizing the performance while giving only a marginal mass penalty. In the combination of both channels VEM will provide unprecedented insights into the current state and the evolution of Venus. VEM will perform a comprehensive search for volcanic activity by targeting atmospheric signatures, thermal signatures and compositional signatures. It will provide a map of the surface composition that will help us to understand the geology of Venus. This mapping will also enable a more informed landing site selection for future missions to Venus.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/101786/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Studying volcanism and surface composition of Venus with the highly integrated Venus Emissivity Mapper suite
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Helbert, JörnUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5346-9505UNSPECIFIED
Vandaele, A.-C.Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, BelgiumUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, IanBelgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, BelgiumUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2015
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:VEM, PEL
Event Title:LCPM-11 2015
Event Location:Berlin, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:9 June 2015
Event End Date:11 June 2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben BepiColombo (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Maturilli, Dr. Alessandro
Deposited On:06 Jan 2016 15:59
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:07

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