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The Operations Plan for the MErcury Radiometer and Thermal infrared Imaging Spectrometer (MERTIS) on its way to Mercury

Maturilli, Alessandro and Helbert, Jörn and D'Amore, Mario and Varatharajan, Indhu and Hiesinger, H. and Bauch, Karin (2018) The Operations Plan for the MErcury Radiometer and Thermal infrared Imaging Spectrometer (MERTIS) on its way to Mercury. In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 107650, 107650F. SPIE. SPIE Conference 10765: Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXVI, 20. - 24. Aug. 2018, San Diego, USA. doi: 10.1117/12.2319940.

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The MErcury Radiometer and Thermal infrared Imaging Spectrometer (MERTIS) is a highly integrated instrument to study mineralogy and temperature distribution of Mercury’s surface in unprecedented quality. MERTIS was proposed in 2003 as payload of the Mercury Planetary Orbiter spacecraft of the joint ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission. With the planned launch on top of an Ariane 5 in October of 2018, the mission will soon start its 7 years journey to Mercury. On its way to Mercury, BepiColombo will have 2 flybys of Venus and one of the Earth-Moon system. MERTIS will obtain data during each of these flybys – for Venus the first mid-infrared spectral data since Venera 15 in 1983. After arrival at Mercury in 2025 MERTIS will globally map the surface composition with a resolution of 500m, and study surface temperature variations providing an insight into the thermo-physical properties of the surface. To achieve this, MERTIS combines a push-broom IR grating spectrometer (TIS) with a radiometer (TIR) sharing the same optics, instrument electronics and in-flight calibration components for the whole wavelength range of 7-14 µm (TIS) and 7-40 µm (TIR), respectively. Instrument operations in the challenging environment at Mercury with power and data constraints require a sophisticated mapping scheme for the TIS observations, which also has to account for the MERTIS calibration needs. Execution of this scheme creates challenges for the operation of the instruments, data processing, and the creation of map products. Extensive onground testing and rehearsals during the Venus and Earth flybys will ensure flawless performance at Mercury.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124751/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Operations Plan for the MErcury Radiometer and Thermal infrared Imaging Spectrometer (MERTIS) on its way to Mercury
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Maturilli, AlessandroUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4613-9799UNSPECIFIED
Helbert, JörnUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5346-9505UNSPECIFIED
D'Amore, MarioUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9325-6889UNSPECIFIED
Hiesinger, H.Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität MünsterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bauch, KarinInstitut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms‐Universität Münster, Münster, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:107650F
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Keywords:Observation Strategy, Data Volume Management, Mercury, BepiColombo, MERTIS, Remote Sensing, Flyby, IR-Imaging Spectrometer
Event Title:SPIE Conference 10765: Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXVI
Event Location:San Diego, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:20. - 24. Aug. 2018
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 - Project BepiColombo - MERTIS and BELA
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Maturilli, Dr. Alessandro
Deposited On:11 Dec 2018 09:34
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:40

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