AATSR undergoes environmental tests to prepare for launch on Envisat
The Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) is an instrument designed primarily to measure sea surface temperature (SST) to an accuracy better than 0.3K. The instrument was funded jointly by the UK (70%) and Australian (30%) governments, whilst the ground segment was funded by the UK and ESA. AATSR is flying on ESA’s Envisat platform, which was launched in 2002 and is expected to operate until 2012.
Exploiting the experience of Space ConneXions staff in managing the procurement of the AATSR instrument and the prototype data processing software from UK industry, in 2004 Defra (now DECC) contracted Space ConneXions to manage the UK components of the AATSR data exploitation activities. The UK activities include:
AATSR flight operations support
(STFC/RAL and Astrium UK)
AATSR prototype processor and archive product processor maintenance
(A)AATSR archive, including data from the ATSR-1, ATSR-2 and AATSR missions
the AATSR Principal Investigator and leadership of the AATSR Science Advisory Group (University of Leicester)
the AATSR Validation Scientist and leadership of the AATSR validation activities (University of Leicester)
the SST validation campaign using the ISAR instrument on the Cap Finistere ferry (University of Southampton / National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
Space ConneXions also supports DECC in maintaining and developing its relationships with its partners in the AATSR programme, including BNSC, NERC, ESA and CSIRO.
In addition to the DECC contracts, Space ConneXions has been contracted by ESA to build on existing ESA, DECC and international initiatives by:
managing the development of software and ancillary data for a new SST product (called GHRSTT L2P) in the ESA and DECC ground segments (with the University of Leicester and STFC/RAL)
producing a requirements document for a new lake temperature product (with the Principal Investigator)
generating a comprehensive (A)ATSR Exploitation Plan for the further development of the (A)ATSR programme by the international funding partners (with the University of Leicester)