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  • 201.
    Ishtiaq, Shehryar
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Optimization of a Laser Coarse Pointing Assembly for Low Earth Orbit Satellite Missions2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A laser communications terminal was developed by the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt and is already being flown over the BIROS satellite, however it is desired to improvepointing performance with the utilization of a coarse pointing assembly. This study presents theseries of optimizations towards space applicability performed on an existing coarse pointingassembly for such a laser communications terminal. This module was initially built for airborneapplications and tested upon the tornado aircraft. The idea was to use this existing flight performanceproven system and with the help of commercial off the shelf components providebetter structural stability and tolerance to the Low Earth Orbit space environment. Criticalpoints were highlighted and the scope of the study was defined to provide reliable modal andthermal analysis results for its performance under the specified mission design parameters. Acircular low earth orbit of 450 km altitude with an inclination similar to that of the BIROS satellitewas chosen to simulate the space environmental effects for this analysis. A preliminary designreview highlighted the need to increase the link budget, which brought down the beamdivergence to 50 μrad from a previous 100 μrad. This made the entire system sensitive andmore susceptible to environmental factors requiring a more rigid and deformation tolerantstructure. In this study the effect of thermal loadings in worst-case scenarios were analysed.Aside from the optimization changes, the results of the analysis pointed out the need to utilizethermal control measures for optimum performance. Therefore, some passive thermal controlmeasures are also presented in this study, which are necessary to meet the requirements.

  • 202.
    Isoz, Oscar
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Estimation of the Impact on GNSS Receivers From Hall Thruster Engines2014Report (Refereed)
  • 203.
    Isoz, Oscar
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Interference in Global Positioning System Signals and its Effect on Positioning and Remote Sensing2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    GPS and the other GNSS systems (GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou-2/COMPASS) is used to position billions of devices and is saving lives, the environment and money on a daily basis. GNSS enables anyone to determine their own unique global location. But the system can be fragile, it can easily be disabled or manipulated so that the calculated position from the receivers becomes incorrect. This can be done either intenionally or unintentionally. Further, many GNSS signals are located in shared frequency bands where other transmitters are allowed to broadcast as well. These transmitters can forexample be long range radars or distance montitoring equipment for aviation.In this thesis, it is demonstrated how one such radar can be detected and localized using data collected by the GNSS receiver for atmospheric sounding (GRAS). It is shown that the detected radar did not cause any measurable degradation of the temperature profiles generated from the collected data. Measurements from the GRAS sensor is also used as a reference to compare temperature soundings from the passive Advanced MicrowaveSounding Unit-A (AMSU-A) sensors that measures emission from Oxygen around 56 GHz.Further, work focusing on the detection of ground based interference is presented. It is shown how low cost independent units can be used for long term montitoring of the interference environment at key locations. Using collected data from the measurements at an area closed to the public, it is further shown how these units can be used to localize sources of broadband interference. Interference can also be generated from certain types of engines. One of the included contributions presents a theoretical analysis of the impact on GPS from an electrical engine intended for satellite propulsion. Even if the engine generates powerful broadband emission, since it is pulsed, the impact on the GPS receiver will most likely be minimal.

  • 204.
    Isoz, Oscar
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Eriksson, Per
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
    Intercalibration of microwave temperature sounders using radio occultation measurements2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, ISSN 2169-897X, E-ISSN 2169-8996, Vol. 120, no 9, p. 3758-3773Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a study of the usefulness of radio occultation (RO) data for intercomparing different microwave temperature (MWT) sounding instruments. The RO data used are from the Global Navigational Satellite System Receiver for Atmospheric Sounding on the Metop-A and B satellites. The MWT sounders investigated are the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A instruments on the satellites NOAA 15, 16, and 18 and Metop-A. We collocate RO and MWT data and then use these collocations to study various aspects of the MWT instruments. In addition, two different versions of the MWT data are compared: standard operational data (OPR) and the NOAA Integrated Microwave Intercalibration Approach data (IMICA). The time series of monthly mean differences shows that there are robust patterns for each satellite and data version, which mostly drift only slowly over time. The intersatellite spread, measured by the standard deviation of the yearly mean values by all satellites, is between 0.1 and 0.4 K, depending on channel, with no significant differences between OPR and IMICA data. The only notable exception is Channel 8 of NOAA 16, which appears to have a time-varying offset of 0.5–1 K relative to the other instruments. At this point it is not clear whether this deviation is real or a sampling artifact, so further study is needed. Due to the large number of collocations used, it is possible to also investigate the scene brightness and scan angle dependence of the MWT bias (relative to RO). First results of such an analysis are presented and discussed. Particularly, the investigation of the scan angle dependence is novel, since this bias pattern is difficult to assess without RO data. Further work is needed on these angular dependences, before conclusions are robust enough to include in data recalibration efforts, but our overall conclusion is that RO collocations are a powerful tool for intercomparing MWT sounders.

  • 205.
    Isoz, Oscar
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Kinch, Kjartan
    Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University.
    Bonnedal, Magnus
    RUAG Space, Gothenburg.
    Akos, Dennis
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
    Interference from terrestrial sources and its impact on the GRAS GPS radio occultation receiver2014In: Radio Science, ISSN 0048-6604, E-ISSN 1944-799X, Vol. 49, no 1, p. 1-6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    [1] It is well known that terrestrial GPS/Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receivers are vulnerable and have suffered from intentional and unintentional interference sources. Unfortunately, space-based GPS/GNSS receivers are not exempt from radio frequency interference originating from the Earth. This paper explores data recorded by the GNSS Receiver for Atmospheric Sounding (GRAS) instrument onboard MetOp-A in September 2007, which is assumed to be representative of the typical environment for GPS/GNSS instrumentation in LEO orbit. Within these data it is possible to detect both pulsed interference and variations in the background noise. One plausible source of the pulsed interference is identified. We also show that neither the pulsed interference nor the variations in the background noise degrades the performance of the higher level products from GRAS

  • 206. Jarret, Mark
    et al.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Child, R. K.
    Jimenez, C.
    Courcoux, N.
    Emde, C.
    Heygster, G.
    Sreerekha, T. R.
    Eriksson, P.
    Rydberg, B.
    Foster, P. R.
    Rose, T.
    Davis, C.
    Evans, K. F.
    Heymsfield, A.
    Lohmann, U.
    Stubenrauch, C.
    Establishment of mission and instrument requirements to observe cirrus clouds at sub-millimetre wavelengths: Final report, ESTEC contract no. 19053/05/NL/AR2007Report (Other academic)
  • 207.
    Jegatheesan, Anjana
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Development of Rear Entry HUT/PLSS Design for Aouda.X Spacesuit Simulator2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Aouda.X Space suit simulator, developed by The Austrian Space Forum( OeWF) currently consists of a system that weighs 48 kg of which nearly 57% is comprised of the Suit's HUT (Hard Upper Torso), PLSS (Portable Life Support System) and OBDH (On- board data handling). In addition to this, the current conguration requires 3 hours of assisted donning/doffing. To improve the ergonomics of the design, a relatively lighter HUT/PLSS design prototype with efficient donning capabilities, preferably self -donning, must be developed. This issue can be addressed by proposing a Rear - Entry Design that when implemented on the Aouda.X, can potentially ease these impediments.This study aims at identifying a suitable Rear entry closure design for the current conguration of Aouda.X based on planetary suit performance indicators and operational requirements. The Aouda.X rear entry design is also targeted to be compatible with the NDX -Suitport developed by the University of North Dakota's Human Space Flight Laboratory. The thesis work comprises of the development of a suitable methodology to distinguish a rear entry design for the HUT and PLSS of the spacesuit simulator with the identication of a self-sealing/locking mechanism based on these requirements. A full scale CAD model of the HUT and PLSS with optimal dimensions of compatibility for the Spacesuit with the suitport is designed as a result of this study. Static load bearing analysis is performed to validate the feasibility of the structure and make suitabe recommendations for choice of materials. Methods for further improvement for rear entry suit development are outlined.

  • 208.
    Jensen, Filip
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Topology Optimization of Turbine Manifold in the Rocket Engine Demonstrator Prometheus2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The advantages of Topology Optimization (TO) are realized to a large extent due to the manufacturing freedom that Additive Manufacturing (AM) offer, compared to more conventional manufacturing methods. AM has the advantage of manufacturing shallow and complex structures previously not possible, and consequently opens up a whole new design spectrum. This thesis investigates the possibilities of using Topology Optimization as a tool to find stronger and lighter designs for the inlet turbine manifold in the rocket engine demonstrator Prometheus. The manifold is optimized by giving it more mass, subjecting it to load cases and pushing the topology optimization to make the manifold meet the weight requirement without exceeding the yield strength. Result validation indicates that the pressure and thermal loadings are the most prominent. The current topology optimization tools in ANSYS do not support optimization due to thermal features and thus optimization in the presented work has only been able to consider static structural loads. Nevertheless, it is possible to optimize the manifold due to static structural loads and achieve a manifold which satisfies the weight requirement. However, optimization tools due to thermal loading would be a desirable feature in the future.

  • 209.
    Jerker, Bergström
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Path Planning with Weighted Wall Regions using OctoMap2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the work of the Control Engineering research group of the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and systems at Luleå University of Technology a need had arisen for a path planning algorithm. The ongoing research with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAVs) had so far been done with any complicated paths being created manually with waypoints set by the uses. To remove this labourious part of the experimental process a path should be generated automatically by simply providing a program with the position of the UAV, the goal to which the user wants it to move, as well as information about the UAV's surroundings in the form of a 3D map.In addition to simply finding an available path through a  3D environment the path should also be adapted to the risks that the physical environment poses to a flying robot. This was achieved by adapting a previously developed algorithm, which did the simple path planning task well, by adding a penalty weight to areas near obstacles, pushing the generated path away from them.The planner was developed working with the OctoMap map system which represents the physical world by segmenting it into cubes of either open or occupied space. The open segments of these maps could then be used as vertices of a graph that the planning algorithm could traverse.The algorithm itself was written in C++ as a node of the Robot Operating System(ROS) software framework to allow it to smoothly interact with previously developed software used by the Control Engineering Robotics Group.The program was tested by simulations where the path planner ROS node was sent maps as well as UAV position and intended goal. These simulations provided valid paths, with the performance of the algorithm as well as the quality of the paths being evaluated for varying configurations of the planners parameters.The planner works well in simulation and is deemed ready for use in practical experiments.

  • 210.
    Jimenez, Carlos
    et al.
    Observatoire de Paris, Laboratoire d'Etudes de Rayonnement et de la Matire en Astro-physique, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Rydberg, Bengt
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Radio and Space Science, Gothenburg.
    Eriksson, Patrick
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Radio and Space Science, Gothenburg.
    Evans, K. F.
    Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder.
    Performance simulations for a submillimetre-wave satellite instrument to measure cloud ice2007In: Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, ISSN 0035-9009, E-ISSN 1477-870X, Vol. 133, no Suppl.2, p. 129-149Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The performance of a conically scanning satellite instrument for the measurement of cloud ice was studied. The instrument measures radiances in 12 channels placed around the 183, 325 and 448 GHz water vapour lines and the 243, 664 and 874 GHz window channels, and is designed to provide estimations of ice water path (IWP), the equivalent sphere diameter (DME), and the median ice mass height (ZME). Overall median relative errors of around 20% for IWP, 33 µm for DME, and 240 m for ZME for a midlatitude winter scenario, and 17% for IWP, 30 µm for DME, and 310 m for ZME for a tropical scenario were found. Detection limits (relative retrieval error reaching 100%) of around 2 gm-2 were estimated for both scenarios. The performance of a five-receiver instrument, where either the 664 or 874 GHz channel is dropped, was close, but with increased errors for very thin and high clouds. A trade-off between having the 874 GHz receiver or two infrared channels at 10.7 and 12 µm emerged, as very similar performance was found between the six-receiver instrument and the five-receiver instrument with the infrared channels. Another trade-off between receiver selection and noise was also apparent, with some of the four-receiver selections operating at half noise levels being able to compete with the standard six-receiver instrument. Dual-polarized measurements were also tested, but they did not significantly improve the retrievals of IWP or DME.

  • 211. Jiménez, Carlos J.
    et al.
    Gulkis, Samuel L.
    Beaudin, Gérard
    Encrenaz, Th. H.
    Eriksson, Patrick
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Kamp, Lucas W.
    Lee, S.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Sub-millimeter observations of the terrestrial atmosphere during an Earth flyby of the MIRO sounder on the Rosetta spacecraft2013In: Planetary and Space Science, ISSN 0032-0633, E-ISSN 1873-5088, Vol. 82-83, p. 99-112Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sub-millimeter spectra recorded by the MIRO sounder aboard the Rosetta spacecraft have been used at the time of an Earth flyby (November 2007) to check the consistency and validity of the instrumental data. High-resolution spectroscopic data were recorded in 8 channels in the vicinity of the strong water line at 557 GHz, and in a broad band continuum channel at 570 GHz. An atmospheric radiative transfer code (ARTS) and standard terrestrial atmospheres have been used to simulate the expected observational results. Differences with the MIRO spectra suggest an anomaly in the behavior of four spectroscopic channels. Further technical investigations have shown that a large part of the anomalies are associated with an instability of one of the amplifiers. The quality of the MIRO data has been further tested by inverting the spectra with an atmospheric inversion tool (Qpack) in order to derive a mesospheric temperature profile. The retrieved profile is in good agreement with the one inferred from the Earth Observing System Microwave Limb Sounder (EOS-MLS). This work illustrates the interest of validating instruments aboard planetary or cometary spacecraft by using data acquired during Earth flybys.

  • 212.
    Johansson, Mattias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Evaluation of Sensor Solutions & Motor Speed Control Methods for BLDCM/PMSM in Aerospace Applications2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The goal of this thesis was to evaluate sensors and motor speed control methods for BLDC/PMSM motors in Aerospace applications. The sensors and methods were evaluated by considering accuracy, robustness, cost, development gain and parameter sensitivity. The sensors and methods chosen to simulate were digital Hall sensors and sensorless control of BLDC motors. Using Matlab Simulink/Simscape some motor speed control methods and motor speed estimation methods were simulated using the Hall sensors and sensorless control as a basis. It was found that the sensorless control methods for BLDC motors couldn't estimate the speed accurately during dynamic loads and that the most robust and accurate solution based on the simulations was using the digital Hall sensors for both speed estimation and commutation and this was tested on a hardware setup.

  • 213.
    John, V. O.
    et al.
    University of Miami.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Kuvatov, M.
    Universität Bremen.
    Soden, B. J.
    University of Miami.
    Sreerekha, T. R.
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Toward a long-term homogenized UTH data set derived from satellite microwave measurements2006In: Microwave remote sensing of the atmosphere and environment. V. / [ed] Azita Valinia; Seiho Uratsuka; Tapan Misra, Bellingham, Wash: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2006, p. 64100K-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article presents some ideas and issues related to the creation of a long-term upper tropospheric humidity (UTH) data set using satellite based microwave measurements. Polar orbiting satellites have been measuring UTH for more than a decade now. There are three microwave instruments which can measure UTH from Space: Special Sensor Microwave/Temperature-2 (SSM/T2), Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B (AMSU-B), and Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS). These instruments have channels at 183.31±1.00GHz which are sensitive to UTH. Retrieval of UTH and cloud issues are discussed in detail. Advantage of microwave measurements of UTH over infrared measurements are demonstrated. Preliminary results on the inter-calibration of these instruments are also shown.

  • 214.
    John, Viju O.
    et al.
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Allan, Richard P.
    Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.
    Bell, William
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Kottayil, Ajil
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Assessment of intercalibration methods for satellite microwave humidity sounders2013In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, E-ISSN 2156-2202, Vol. 118, no 10, p. 4906-4918Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Three methods for ntercalibrating humidity sounding channels are compared to assess their merits and demerits. The methods use the following: (1) natural targets (Antarctica and tropical oceans), (2) zonal average brightness temperatures, and (3) simultaneous nadir overpasses (SNOs). Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B instruments onboard the polar-orbiting NOAA 15 and NOAA 16 satellites are used as examples. Antarctica is shown to be useful for identifying some of the instrument problems but less promising for intercalibrating humidity sounders due to the large diurnal variations there. Owing to smaller diurnal cycles over tropical oceans, these are found to be a good target for estimating intersatellite biases. Estimated biases are more resistant to diurnal differences when data from ascending and descending passes are combined. Biases estimated from zonal-averaged brightness temperatures show large seasonal and latitude dependence which could have resulted from diurnal cycle aliasing and scene-radiance dependence of the biases. This method may not be the best for channels with significant surface contributions. We have also tested the impact of clouds on the estimated biases and found that it is not significant, at least for tropical ocean estimates. Biases estimated from SNOs are the least influenced by diurnal cycle aliasing and cloud impacts. However, SNOs cover only relatively small part of the dynamic range of observed brightness temperatures

  • 215.
    John, Viju O
    et al.
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Holl, Gerrit
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Allen, Richard P.
    Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Parker, David E.
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Soden, Brian J.
    Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.
    Clear-sky biases in satellite infrared estimates of upper tropospheric humidity and its trends2011In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, E-ISSN 2156-2202, Vol. 116Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We use microwave retrievals of upper tropospheric humidity (UTH) to estimate the impact of clear-sky-only sampling by infrared instruments on the distribution, variability, and trends in UTH. Our method isolates the impact of the clear-sky-only sampling, without convolving errors from other sources. On daily time scales, IR-sampled UTH contains large data gaps in convectively active areas, with only about 20-30 % of the tropics (30 degrees S-30 degrees N) being sampled. This results in a dry bias of about -9 % RH in the area-weighted tropical daily UTH time series. On monthly scales, maximum clear-sky bias (CSB) is up to -30 % RH over convectively active areas. The magnitude of CSB shows significant correlations with UTH itself (-0.5) and also with the variability in UTH (-0.6). We also show that IR-sampled UTH time series have higher interannual variability and smaller trends compared to microwave sampling. We argue that a significant part of the smaller trend results from the contrasting influence of diurnal drift in the satellite measurements on the wet and dry regions of the tropics.

  • 216.
    John, Viju O.
    et al.
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Holl, Gerrit
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Atkinson, Nigel
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Monitoring scan asymmetry of microwave humidity sounding channels using simultaneous all angle collocations (SAACs)2013In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, ISSN 2169-8996, Vol. 118, no 3, p. 1536-1545Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Simultaneous all angle collocations (SAACs) of microwave humidity sounders (AMSU-B and MHS) on-board polar orbiting satellites are used to estimate scan-dependent biases. This method has distinct advantages over previous methods, such as that the estimated scan-dependent biases are not influenced by diurnal differences between the edges of the scan and the biases can be estimated for both sides of the scan. We find the results are robust in the sense that biases estimated for one satellite pair can be reproduced by double differencing biases of these satellites with a third satellite. Channel 1 of these instruments shows the least bias for all satellites. Channel 2 has biases greater than 5 K, thus needs to be corrected. Channel 3 has biases of about 2 K and more and they are time varying for some of the satellites. Channel 4 has the largest bias which is about 15 K when the data are averaged for 5 years, but biases of individual months can be as large as 30 K. Channel 5 also has large and time varying biases for two of the AMSU-Bs. NOAA-15 (N15) channels are found to be affected the most, mainly due to radio frequency interference (RFI) from onboard data transmitters. Channel 4 of N15 shows the largest and time varying biases, so data of this channel should only be used with caution for climate applications. The two MHS instruments show the best agreement for all channels. Our estimates may be used to correct for scan-dependent biases of these instruments, or at least used as a guideline for excluding channels with large scan asymmetries from scientific analyses.

  • 217.
    John, Viju O.
    et al.
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Holl, Gerrit
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Candy, Brett
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Saunders, Roger W.
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Perker, David E.
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter.
    Understanding intersatellite biases of microwave humidity sounders using global simultaneous nadir overpasses2012In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, E-ISSN 2156-2202, Vol. 117, p. D02305-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Simultaneous nadir overpasses (SNOs) of polar-orbiting satellites are most frequent in polar areas but can occur at any latitude when the equatorial crossing times of the satellites become close owing to orbital drift. We use global SNOs of polar orbiting satellites to evaluate the intercalibration of microwave humidity sounders from the more frequent high-latitude SNOs. We have found based on sensitivity analyses that optimal distance and time thresholds for defining collocations are pixel centers less than 5 km apart and time differences less than 300 s. These stringent collocation criteria reduce the impact of highly variable surface or atmospheric conditions on the estimated biases. Uncertainties in the estimated biases are dominated by the combined radiometric noise of the instrument pair. The effects of frequency changes between different versions of the humidity sounders depend on the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. There are significant scene radiance and thus latitude dependencies in the estimated biases and this has to taken into account while intercalibrating microwave humidity sounders. Therefore the results obtained using polar SNOs will not be representative for moist regions, necessitating the use of global collocations for reliable intercalibration.

  • 218.
    John, Viju Oommen
    et al.
    University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Miami.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Courcoux, N.
    A cautionary note on the use of Gaussian statistics in satellite-based UTH climatologies2006In: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, ISSN 1545-598X, E-ISSN 1558-0571, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 130-134Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This letter presents a cautionary note on the assumption of Gaussian behavior for upper tropospheric humidity (UTH) derived from satellite data in climatological studies, which can introduce a wet bias in the climatology. An example study using European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts reanalysis data shows that this wet bias can reach up to 6 %RH, which is significant for climatological applications. A simple Monte Carlo approach demonstrates that these differences and their link to the variability of brightness temperatures are due to a log-normal distribution of the UTH. This problem can be solved by using robust estimators such as the median instead of the arithmetic mean.

  • 219.
    John, Viju Oommen
    et al.
    University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Miami.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Engeln, A. von
    EUMETSAT, Darmstadt.
    Eriksson, P.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Radio and Space Science, Gothenburg.
    Kuhn, Thomas
    University of Köln, Physikalisches Institut.
    Brocard, E.
    University of Bern, Institue of Applied physics.
    Koenig-Langlo, G.
    Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven.
    Understanding the variability of clear-sky outgoing long-wave radiation based on ship-based temperature and water vapour measurements2006In: Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, ISSN 0035-9009, E-ISSN 1477-870X, Vol. 132, no 621, p. 2675-2691Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High-resolution radiative transfer model calculations with the Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Simulator (ARTS) were used to simulate the clear-sky outgoing long-wave radiative flux (OLR) at the top of the atmosphere. The unique set of radiosonde data collected by the research vessel Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research during 27 expeditions in the years 1982 to 2003 was used to investigate the sources of clear-sky OLR variability for ocean areas in different climate zones and seasons. For this dataset, tropospheric temperature variations contribute approximately 33 W m(-2) OLR variability. tropospheric relative humidity variations 8.5 W m(-2), and vertical structure 2.3-3.4 W m(-2). Of these, 0.3-1.0 W m(-2) are due to structures on a vertical scale smaller than 4 km, which cannot be resolved by conventional remote-sensing instruments. It was also found that the poor absolute accuracy of current humidity data in the upper troposphere, approximately 40% relative error in relative humidity, leads to a significant uncertainty in OLR of about 3.8 W m(-2) (for a midlatitude summer atmosphere), which should be put in the context of the double CO2 effect of only 2.6 W m(-2) (for the same atmosphere).

  • 220.
    Johnson, Jeffrey R.
    et al.
    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel.
    III, J.F. Bell
    Arizona State University.
    Bender, S.
    Planetary Science Institute, Tucson.
    Blaney, D.
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Kalifornien.
    Cloutis, E.
    University of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    DeFlores, L.
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Kalifornien.
    Ehlmann, B.
    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
    Gasnault, O.
    Université de Toulouse, CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie, Toulouse.
    Gondet, B.
    Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Batîment 12, 91405 Orsay Campus.
    Kinch, K.
    Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.
    Lemmon, M.
    Texas A&M University, College Station.
    Mouélic, S. Le
    Université de Nantes, Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique.
    Maurice, S.
    Université de Toulouse, CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie, Toulouse.
    Rice, M.
    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
    Wiens, R.C.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Martin-Torres, Javier
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    ChemCam passive reflectance spectroscopy of surface materials at the Curiosity landing site, Mars2015In: Icarus (New York, N.Y. 1962), ISSN 0019-1035, E-ISSN 1090-2643, Vol. 249, p. 74-92Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The spectrometers on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) ChemCam instrument were used in passive mode to record visible/near-infrared (400–840 nm) radiance from the martian surface. Using the onboard ChemCam calibration targets’ housing as a reflectance standard, we developed methods to collect, calibrate, and reduce radiance observations to relative reflectance. Such measurements accurately reproduce the known reflectance spectra of other calibration targets on the rover, and represent the highest spatial resolution (0.65 mrad) and spectral sampling (

  • 221.
    Johnston, Marston
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
    Eliasson, Salomon
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Eriksson, Patrik
    Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
    Forbes, R.M.
    European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading, ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading.
    Gettelman, Andrew
    National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.
    Räisänen, Petri
    Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki.
    Zelinka, M.D.
    Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore.
    Diagnosing the average spatio-temporal impact of convective systems: part 2:a model intercomparison using satellite data2014In: Atmospheric Chemistry And Physics, ISSN 1680-7316, E-ISSN 1680-7324, Vol. 14, no 16, p. 8701-8721Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The representation of the effect of tropical deep convective (DC) systems on upper-tropospheric moist processes and outgoing longwave radiation is evaluated in the EC-Earth3, ECHAM6, and CAM5 (Community Atmosphere Model) climate models using satellite-retrieved data. A composite technique is applied to thousands of deep convective systems that are identified using local rain rate maxima in order to focus on the temporal evolution of the deep convective processes in the model and satellite-retrieved data. The models tend to over-predict the occurrence of rain rates that are less than 3 mm 1 compared to Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA). While the diurnal distribution of oceanic rain rate maxima in the models is similar to the satellite-retrieved data, the land-based maxima are out of phase. Despite having a larger climatological mean upper-tropospheric relative humidity, models closely capture the satellite-derived moistening of the upper troposphere following the peak rain rate in the deep convective systems. Simulated cloud fractions near the tropopause are larger than in the satellite data, but the ice water contents are smaller compared with the satellite-retrieved ice data. The models capture the evolution of ocean-based deep convective systems fairly well, but the land-based systems show significant discrepancies. Over land, the diurnal cycle of rain is too intense, with deep convective systems occurring at the same position on subsequent days, while the satellite-retrieved data vary more in timing and geographical location. Finally, simulated outgoing longwave radiation anomalies associated with deep convection are in reasonable agreement with the satellite data, as well as with each other. Given the fact that there are strong disagreements with, for example, cloud ice water content, and cloud fraction, between the models, this study supports the hypothesis that such agreement with satellite-retrieved data is achieved in the three models due to different representations of deep convection processes and compensating errors.

  • 222.
    Johnston, Marston
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Eriksson, Patrik
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Eliasson, Salomon
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Jones, Colin
    SMHI.
    Forbes, R.M
    ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading.
    Murtagh, Donal
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
    The representation of tropical upper tropospheric water in EC Earth V22012In: Climate Dynamics, ISSN 0930-7575, E-ISSN 1432-0894, Vol. 39, no 11, p. 2713-2731Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Tropical upper tropospheric humidity, clouds, and ice water content, as well as outgoing longwave radiation (OLR), are evaluated in the climate model EC Earth with the aid of satellite retrievals. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder and Microwave Limb Sounder together provide good coverage of relative humidity. EC Earth's relative humidity is in fair agreement with these observations. CloudSat and CALIPSO data are combined to provide cloud fractions estimates throughout the altitude region considered (500-100 hPa). EC Earth is found to overestimate the degree of cloud cover above 200 hPa and underestimate it below. Precipitating and non-precipitating EC Earth ice definitions are combined to form a complete ice water content. EC Earth's ice water content is below the uncertainty range of CloudSat above 250 hPa, but can be twice as high as CloudSat's estimate in the melting layer. CERES data show that the model underestimates the impact of clouds on OLR, on average with about 9 W m -2. Regionally, EC Earth's outgoing longwave radiation can be ~20 W m -2 higher than the observation. A comparison to ERA-Interim provides further perspectives on the model's performance. Limitations of the satellite observations are emphasised and their uncertainties are, throughout, considered in the analysis. Evaluating multiple model variables in parallel is a more ambitious approach than is customary.

  • 223.
    Johnston, M.S.
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
    Eliasson, Salomon
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Eriksson, P.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
    Forbes, R.M.
    European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading.
    Wyser, K.
    Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Norrköping.
    Zelinka, M.D.
    Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore.
    Diagnosing the average spatio-temporal impact of convective systems: part 1: A methodology for evaluating climate models2013In: Atmospheric Chemistry And Physics, ISSN 1680-7316, E-ISSN 1680-7324, Vol. 13, no 23, p. 12043-12058Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An earlier method to determine the mean response of upper-tropospheric water to localised deep convective systems (DC systems) is improved and applied to the EC-Earth climate model. Following Zelinka and Hartmann (2009), several fields related to moist processes and radiation from various satellites are composited with respect to the local maxima in rain rate to determine their spatio-temporal evolution with deep convection in the central Pacific Ocean. Major improvements to the earlier study are the isolation of DC systems in time so as to prevent multiple sampling of the same event, and a revised definition of the mean background state that allows for better characterisation of the DC-system-induced anomalies. The observed DC systems in this study propagate westward at similar to 4 ms(-1). Both the upper-tropospheric relative humidity and the outgoing longwave radiation are substantially perturbed over a broad horizontal extent and for periods > 30 h. The cloud fraction anomaly is fairly constant with height but small maximum can be seen around 200 hPa. The cloud ice water content anomaly is mostly confined to pressures greater than 150 hPa and reaches its maximum around 450 hPa, a few hours after the peak convection. Consistent with the large increase in upper-tropospheric cloud ice water content, albedo increases dramatically and persists about 30 h after peak convection. Applying the compositing technique to EC-Earth allows an assessment of the model representation of DC systems. The model captures the large-scale responses, most notably for outgoing longwave radiation, but there are a number of important differences. DC systems appear to propagate east-ward in the model, suggesting a strong link to Kelvin waves instead of equatorial Rossby waves. The diurnal cycle in the model is more pronounced and appears to trigger new convection further to the west each time. Finally, the modelled ice water content anomaly peaks at pressures greater than 500 hPa and in the upper troposphere between 250 hPa and 500 hPa, there is less ice than the observations and it does not persist as long after peak convection. The modelled upper-tropospheric cloud fraction anomaly, however, is of a comparable magnitude and exhibits a similar longevity as the observations.

  • 224.
    Joshi, Archana Ananta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Heat Flux Measurements in Radiation and Arcjet Furnaces and In-situ Ablation Experiments with X-ray Tomography2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A spacecraft entering an atmosphere experiences high heat fluxes giving rise to the need ofthermal protection systems. Materials necessary for thermal protection are investigatedin various ground facilities and one of the important parameters that has to be computedis the heat flux at the stagnation region. The heat flux envelope of the mini-radiation andarc-jet facilities using a copper cylinder probe is investigated in this thesis. The heat fluxprobe used in the investigation was calibrated against a null point calorimeter; tests wereconducted by permuting different parameters and the effect of the varied parameter was studied. The variation in static chamber pressure was found to be the major contributorin the fluctuation of heat flux in both the facilities.

    The radiative heat flux investigation tests allowed to conduct in-situ ablation tests. Thein-situ ablative tests with X-ray tomography were done for DLR-cork and ZURAM materials.The tests further showed the degradation of material inside the chamber on areal-time basis leading to better understanding of the structural changes in materials dueto high directional heat loads. In-situ tests with the arc-jet facility and comparative studiesusing the same testing conditions with different material models will provide a goodfollow-up to this research.

  • 225.
    Kah, Linda C.
    et al.
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
    Martin-Torres, Javier
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Images from Curiosity: A New Look at Mars2015In: Elements, ISSN 1811-5209, E-ISSN 1811-5217, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 27-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The surface of Mars has been sculpted by flowing water and shaped by wind. During the first two years of its exploration of Gale Crater, the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover has recorded abundant geologic evidence that water once existed on Mars both within the subsurface and, as least episodically, flowed on the land surface. And now, as Curiosity presses onward toward Mount Sharp, the complexity of the Martian surface is becoming increasingly apparent. In this paper, we review the nature of the surface materials and their stories, as seen through the eyes of Curiosity.

  • 226.
    Kahanpää, Henrik
    et al.
    Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki.
    Newman, C.E.
    Ashima Research, Pasadena.
    Moores, John E.
    Center for Research in Earth and Space Science, York University, Toronto, York University, Toronto, York University/Earth and Space Science and Engineering, North York, Ontario, York University, North York, Ontario.
    Zorzano, Maria-Paz
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Martin-Torres, Javier
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Navarro, Sara
    Centro de Astrobiologia, INTA-CSIC, Madrid , Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Madrid, Centro de Astrobiologia, Madrid.
    Lepinette, Alain
    Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Madrid, Centro de Astrobiologia, INTA-CSIC, Madrid , Centro de Astrobiologia, Madrid.
    Cantor, Bruce
    Malin Space Science Systems.
    Lemmon, Mark T.
    Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University, College Station.
    Valentin-Serrano, Patricia
    CSIC-UGR - Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (IACT), Granada, Centro de Astrobiologia, Madrid.
    Ullán, Aurora
    Centro de Astrobiologia, Madrid.
    Schmidt, W.
    Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki.
    Convective vortices and dust devils at the MSL landing site: annual variability2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, ISSN 2169-9097, E-ISSN 2169-9100, Vol. 121, no 8, p. 1514-1549Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Two hundred fifty-two transient drops in atmospheric pressure, likely caused by passing convective vortices, were detected by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station instrument during the first Martian year of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landed mission. These events resembled the vortex signatures detected by the previous Mars landers Pathfinder and Phoenix; however, the MSL observations contained fewer pressure drops greater than 1.5 Pa and none greater than 3.0 Pa. Apparently, these vortices were generally not lifting dust as only one probable dust devil has been observed visually by MSL. The obvious explanation for this is the smaller number of strong vortices with large central pressure drops since according to Arvidson et al. [2014] ample dust seems to be present on the surface. The annual variation in the number of detected convective vortices followed approximately the variation in Dust Devil Activity (DDA) predicted by the MarsWRF numerical climate model. This result does not prove, however, that the amount of dust lifted by dust devils would depend linearly on DDA, as is assumed in several numerical models of the Martian atmosphere, since dust devils are only the most intense fraction of all convective vortices on Mars, and the amount of dust that can be lifted by a dust devil depends on its central pressure drop. Sol-to-sol variations in the number of vortices were usually small. However, on 1 Martian solar day a sudden increase in vortex activity, related to a dust storm front, was detected. 

  • 227.
    Kasai, Y.
    et al.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Sagawa, H.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Kreyling, D.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Dupuy, E.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Baron, P.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Mendrok, Jana
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Suzuki, K.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Sato, T.O.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Nishibori, T.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Mizobuchi, S.
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba.
    Kikuchi, K.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Manabe, T.
    Osaka Prefecture University, Naka, Sakai.
    Ozeki, H.
    Toho University, Funabashi, Chiba.
    Sugita, T.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Fujiwara, M.
    Toho University, Funabashi, Chiba.
    Irimajiri, Y.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Walker, K.A.
    University of Toronto.
    Bernath, P.F.
    Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
    Boone, C.
    University of Waterloo.
    Stiller, G.
    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Karlsruhe.
    Clarmann, T. von
    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Karlsruhe.
    Orphal, J.
    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Karlsruhe.
    Urban, J.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Murtagh, D.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Llewellyn, E.J.
    Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies, University of Saskatchewan.
    Yasui, M.
    National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei.
    Validation of stratospheric and mesospheric ozone observed by SMILES from International Space Station2013In: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, ISSN 1867-1381, E-ISSN 1867-8548, Vol. 6, no 9, p. 2311-2338Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We observed ozone (O3) in the vertical region between 250 and 0.0005 hPa (~ 12–96 km) using the Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder (SMILES) on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) of the International Space Station (ISS) between 12 October 2009 and 21 April 2010. The new 4 K superconducting heterodyne receiver technology of SMILES allowed us to obtain a one order of magnitude better signal-to-noise ratio for the O3 line observation compared to past spaceborne microwave instruments. The non-sun-synchronous orbit of the ISS allowed us to observe O3 at various local times. We assessed the quality of the vertical profiles of O3 in the 100–0.001 hPa (~ 16–90 km) region for the SMILES NICT Level 2 product version 2.1.5. The evaluation is based on four components: error analysis; internal comparisons of observations targeting three different instrumental setups for the same O3 625.371 GHz transition; internal comparisons of two different retrieval algorithms; and external comparisons for various local times with ozonesonde, satellite and balloon observations (ENVISAT/MIPAS, SCISAT/ACE-FTS, Odin/OSIRIS, Odin/SMR, Aura/MLS, TELIS). SMILES O3 data have an estimated absolute accuracy of better than 0.3 ppmv (3%) with a vertical resolution of 3–4 km over the 60 to 8 hPa range. The random error for a single measurement is better than the estimated systematic error, being less than 1, 2, and 7%, in the 40–1, 80–0.1, and 100–0.004 hPa pressure regions, respectively. SMILES O3 abundance was 10–20% lower than all other satellite measurements at 8–0.1 hPa due to an error arising from uncertainties of the tangent point information and the gain calibration for the intensity of the spectrum. SMILES O3 from observation frequency Band-B had better accuracy than that from Band-A. A two month period is required to accumulate measurements covering 24 h in local time of O3 profile. However such a dataset can also contain variation due to dynamical, seasonal, and latitudinal effects

  • 228.
    Kasai, Yasuko
    et al.
    National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Tokyo.
    Sagawa, Hideo
    National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Tokyo.
    Kuroda, Takeshi
    Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Chuoku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa.
    Manabe, Takeshi
    Osaka Prefecture University, Naka, Sakai.
    Ochiai, Satoshi
    National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Tokyo.
    Kikuchi, Ken–ichi
    National Institute of Information and Comunications Technology, Koganei, Tokyo.
    Nishibori, Toshiyuki
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
    Baron, Philippe
    National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Tokyo.
    Mendrok, Jana
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Hartogh, Paul
    Max-Planck-Institut für Solar System Research.
    Murtagh, Donal
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Urban, Joachim
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Schéele, Fredrik von
    Swedish Space Corporation.
    Frisk, Urban
    Swedish Space Corporation.
    Overview of the Martian atmospheric submillimetre sounder FIRE2012In: Planetary and Space Science, ISSN 0032-0633, E-ISSN 1873-5088, Vol. 63-64, p. 62-82Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We propose a submillimetre-wave atmospheric emission sounding instrument, called Far-InfraRed Experiment (FIRE), for the Japanese Martian exploration programme Mars Exploration with Lander-Orbiter Synergy (MELOS). The scientific target of FIRE/MELOS is to understand the dust suspended meteorology of the Mars. FIRE will provide key meteorological parameters, such as atmospheric temperature profiles for outside and inside dust storms, the abundance profile of the atmospheric compositions and their isotopes, and wind velocity profiles. FIRE will also provide the local time dependency of these parameters. The observational sensitivity of FIRE/MELOS is discussed in this paper. FIRE will explore the meteorological system of the Martian atmosphere including the interaction between its surface and atmosphere

  • 229.
    Katz, D.
    et al.
    GEPI, Observatoire de Paris, Université PSL, CNRS.
    Granvik, Mikael
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology. Department of Physics, University of Helsinki.
    Zwitter, T.
    University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics & Physics.
    Gaia Data Release 2: Mapping the Milky Way disc kinematics2018In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 16, no A11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Context. The second Gaia data release (Gaia DR2) contains high-precision positions, parallaxes, and proper motions for 1.3 billion sources as well as line-of-sight velocities for 7.2 million stars brighter than G(RVS) = 12 mag. Both samples provide a full sky coverage. Aims. To illustrate the potential of Gaia DR2, we provide a first look at the kinematics of the Milky Way disc, within a radius of several kiloparsecs around the Sun. Methods. We benefit for the first time from a sample of 6.4 million F-G-K stars with full 6D phase-space coordinates, precise parallaxes (sigma((omega) over bar)/(omega) over bar <= 20%), and precise Galactic cylindrical velocities (median uncertainties of 0.9-1.4 km s(-1) and 20% of the stars with uncertainties smaller than 1 km s(-1) on all three components). From this sample, we extracted a sub-sample of 3.2 million giant stars to map the velocity field of the Galactic disc from similar to 5 kpc to similar to 13 kpc from the Galactic centre and up to 2 kpc above and below the plane. We also study the distribution of 0.3 million solar neighbourhood stars (r < 200 pc), with median velocity uncertainties of 0.4 km s(-1), in velocity space and use the full sample to examine how the over-densities evolve in more distant regions. Results. Gaia DR2 allows us to draw 3D maps of the Galactocentric median velocities and velocity dispersions with unprecedented accuracy, precision, and spatial resolution. The maps show the complexity and richness of the velocity field of the galactic disc. We observe streaming motions in all the components of the velocities as well as patterns in the velocity dispersions. For example, we confirm the previously reported negative and positive galactocentric radial velocity gradients in the inner and outer disc, respectively. Here, we see them as part of a non-axisymmetric kinematic oscillation, and we map its azimuthal and vertical behaviour. We also witness a new global arrangement of stars in the velocity plane of the solar neighbourhood and in distant regions in which stars are organised in thin substructures with the shape of circular arches that are oriented approximately along the horizontal direction in the U - V plane. Moreover, in distant regions, we see variations in the velocity substructures more clearly than ever before, in particular, variations in the velocity of the Hercules stream. Conclusions. Gaia DR2 provides the largest existing full 6D phase-space coordinates catalogue. It also vastly increases the number of available distances and transverse velocities with respect to Gaia DR1. Gaia DR2 offers a great wealth of information on the Milky Way and reveals clear non-axisymmetric kinematic signatures within the Galactic disc, for instance. It is now up to the astronomical community to explore its full potential.

  • 230.
    Kereluk, Jason A.
    et al.
    University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies.
    Emami, Reza
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Task-based optimization of reconfigurable robot manipulators2017In: Advanced Robotics, ISSN 0169-1864, E-ISSN 1568-5535, Vol. 31, no 16, p. 836-850Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Reconfigurable Manipulators are structurally redundant robots that utilize a subset of their joints to perform a specific task optimally. This paper presents a method of finding a task-based optimal configuration for a new type of reconfigurable robot manipulator, called the modular autonomously reconfigurable serial (MARS) manipulator. The reconfiguration optimization treats the joint space of the MARS manipulator as a 12-dimensional smooth configuration manifold. The manifold is discretized and ranked based on a variety of criteria, and then clustered into attractive and repellent regions. The user then specifies which regions are desired in the target configuration, and the manifold is reduced in dimension in order to maximize the number of attractive regions and minimize the number of repellent regions. Six manipulator configurations are synthesized using this approach, and their effectiveness is compared.

  • 231.
    Kereluk, Jason Alexander
    et al.
    Space Mechatronics Group, Institute for Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto.
    Emami, Reza
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    A New Modular, Autonomously Reconfigurable Manipulator Platform2015In: International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, ISSN 1729-8806, E-ISSN 1729-8814, Vol. 12, article id 71Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper discusses the design and development of a new Modular, Autonomously Reconfigurable Serial manipulator platform for advanced manufacturing, termed as the MARS manipulator. The platform consists of i) an 18-Degree-of-Freedom (DOF) serial-link manipulator capable of locking any of its joints at any position in their continuous range, such that it can emulate fewer-DOF serial manipulators with different kinematic and dynamic parameters, and ii) an integrated simulation and design environment that provides control over the manipulator hardware as well as a toolset for the design, implementation and optimization of a desired manipulator configuration for a given task. The effectiveness of the MARS manipulator to adapt its configuration to various tasks is examined by assuming two well-known configurations, SCARA and articulated, and by performing a specific task with each of them. The variation in effectiveness of the two configurations in terms of the end-effector trajectory, end-effector accuracy and power consumption is discussed. Further, these configurations are optimized with respect to their performance accuracy, and compared to their pre-optimized versions. Finally, the accuracy model of the simulation is compared against the physical hardware system, running the same task.

  • 232.
    Kettig, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Benchmarking of C++ image processing libraries within the Euclid project2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this report, the issue of selecting a C++ image processing library for the Euclid science ground segment (SGS) is tackled. A new benchmark is proposed to objectively compare libraries according to both static, development-related, and dynamic, execution-related criteria.

    Instead of comparing isolated functions, a much more realistic scenario is implemented: a complete processing pipeline based on a use-case algorithm, called L.A. cosmic. Already existing in the SGS and used multiple times for the flagging of galactic cosmic rays (GCRs), this algorithm is the optimal choice for setting up the benchmark. This makes the results much more usable than with classical single- function benchmarks.

    First, the used tools as well as both categories are explained with their respective criteria listed, all tailored to the needs of the SGS. This also introduces the statistical profiling used throughout the project. Additionally, a scientific validation is introduced that monitors the accuracy of the implementations created.

    Afterwards, the benchmark is conducted and the results are presented and discussed. Indeed, including static criteria helps taking into account development and debugging time – key elements of the project life. Moreover, most library contenders are lacking important functions required for the implementation of the reference algorithm and are therefore excluded from further measurements. Documenting the missing or unclear functions gives then an overview about how user-friendly a library is to develop with.

    The scientific validation depicts that a missing function in one of the contenders and the resulting deviation from the reference results in a lower accuracy. Leaving out the problematic part of the pipeline improves the results, yet only with a higher amount of stars being misinterpreted as GCRs.

    The dynamic criteria report that all contenders perform better than a python reference version as well as a consistent linear dependency to the input image size, while also offering an approach to multi-core processing. Yet, the latter exhibits problems of some libraries to scale appropriately with more resources, leaving the results divided between the single- and multi-core setups for this benchmark.

    When taking this parameter of cores into account, the benchmark allows to recommend the most appropriate library to the SGS. 

  • 233. Kiefer, M.
    et al.
    Arnone, E.
    Dudhia, A.
    Carlotti, M.
    Castelli, E.
    Clarmann, T. von
    Dinelli, B. M.
    Kleinert, A.
    Linden, A.
    Milz, Mathias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Papandrea, E.
    Stiller, G.
    Impact of temperature field inhomogeneities on the retrieval of atmospheric species from MIPAS IR limb emission spectra2010In: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions, ISSN 1867-8610, E-ISSN 1867-8610, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 1707-1742Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We examine volume mixing ratios (vmr) retrieved from limb emission spectra recorded with the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS). In level 2 (L2) data products of three different retrieval processors, which perform one dimensional (1-D) retrievals, we find significant differences between species' profiles from ascending and descending orbit parts. The relative differences vary systematically with time of the year, latitude, and altitude. In the lower stratosphere their monthly means can reach maxima of 20% for CFC-11, CFC-12, HNO3, H2O, 10% for CH4 and N2O. Relative differences between monthly means of 1-D retrieval results and of the true atmospheric state can be expected to reach half of these percentage values, while relative differences in single vmr profiles might well exceed those numbers. Often there are no physical or chemical reasons for these differences, so they are an indicator for a problem in the data processing. The differences are generally largest at locations where the meridional temperature gradient of the atmosphere is strong. On the contrary, when performing the retrieval with a tomographic two dimensional (2-D) retrieval, L2 products generally do not show these differences. This implies that inhomogeneities in the temperature field, and possibly in the species' fields, which are accounted for in the 2-D algorithm and not in standard 1-D processors, may cause significant deviations in the results. Inclusion of an externally given adequate temperature gradient in the forward model of a 1-D processor helps to reduce the observed differences. However, only the full tomographic approach is suitable to resolve the horizontal inhomogeneities. Implications for the use of the 1-D data, e.g. for validation, are discussed. The dependence of the ascending/descending differences on the observation strategy suggests that this problem is to be expected to affect in general 1-D retrievals of infrared limb sounders, if the line of sight of the instrument has a significant component in the direction of the horizontal temperature variation.

  • 234.
    Kiewiet, Luca
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology. Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier.
    Design of the Hold-Down and Release System for the Concur™ Solar Array Wing2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 235.
    Kindberg, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Development of a miniature Gridded ion thruster2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 236.
    Kirkwood, Sheila
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Belova, Evgenia G.
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics / Institutet för rymdfysik.
    Dalin, Peter A.
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics / Institutet för rymdfysik.
    Mihalikova, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
    Mikhaylova, Daria
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics / Institutet för rymdfysik.
    Murtagh, Donal P.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Radio and Space Science, Gothenburg.
    Nilsson, Hans
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Satheesan, K.
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics / Institutet för rymdfysik.
    Urban, Joachim B.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Radio and Space Science, Gothenburg.
    Wolf, Ingemar
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics / Institutet för rymdfysik.
    Response of polar mesosphere summer echoes to geomagnetic disturbances in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres: The importance of nitric oxide2013In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 31, no 2, p. 333-347Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The relationship between polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE) and geomagnetic disturbances (represented by magnetic I K indices) is examined. Calibrated PMSE reflectivities for the period May 2006-February 2012 are used from two 52.0/54.5 MHz radars located in Arctic Sweden (68 N, geomagnetic latitude 65 ) and at two different sites in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica (73/72 S, geomagnetic latitudes 62/63 ). In both the Northern Hemisphere (NH) and the Southern Hemisphere (SH) there is a strong increase in mean PMSE reflectivity between quiet and disturbed geomagnetic conditions. Mean volume reflectivities are slightly lower at the SH locations compared to the NH, but the position of the peak in the lognormal distribution of PMSE reflectivities is close to the same at both NH and SH locations, and varies only slightly with magnetic disturbance level. Differences between the sites, and between geomagnetic disturbance levels, are primarily due to differences in the high-reflectivity tail of the distribution. PMSE occurrence rates are essentially the same at both NH and SH locations during most of the PMSE season when a sufficiently low detection threshold is used so that the peak in the lognormal distribution is included. When the local-time dependence of the PMSE response to geomagnetic disturbance level is considered, the response in the NH is found to be immediate at most local times, but delayed by several hours in the afternoon sector and absent in the early evening. At the SH sites, at lower magnetic latitude, there is a delayed response (by several hours) at almost all local times. At the NH (auroral zone) site, the dependence on magnetic disturbance is highest during evening-to-morning hours. At the SH (sub-auroral) sites the response to magnetic disturbance is weaker but persists throughout the day. While the immediate response to magnetic activity can be qualitatively explained by changes in electron density resulting from energetic particle precipitation, the delayed response can largely be explained by changes in nitric oxide concentrations. Observations of nitric oxide concentration at PMSE heights by the Odin satellite support this hypothesis. Sensitivity to geomagnetic disturbances, including nitric oxide produced during these disturbances, can explain previously reported differences between sites in the auroral zone and those at higher or lower magnetic latitudes. The several-day lifetime of nitric oxide can also explain earlier reported discrepancies between high correlations for average conditions (year-by-year PMSE reflectivities and indices) and low correlations for minute-to-day timescales

  • 237.
    Kloos, Jacob L.
    et al.
    Centre for Research in Earth and Space Sciences, York University, Earth and Space Sciences, Toronto.
    Moores, John E.
    York University, Toronto.
    Lemmon, Mark
    Texas A&M University, College Station.
    Kass, David
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
    Francis, Raymond
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech.
    Juarez, Manuel de la Torre
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
    Zorzano, María Paz
    Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Madrid.
    Martin-Torres, Javier
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    The First Martian Year of Cloud Activity from Mars Science Laboratory (Sol 0 - 800)2016In: Advances in Space Research, ISSN 0273-1177, E-ISSN 1879-1948, Vol. 57, no 5, p. 1223-1240Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using images from the Navigation Cameras onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, atmospheric movies were created to monitor the cloud activity over Gale Crater. Over the course of the first 800 sols of the mission, 133 Zenith Movies and 152 Supra-Horizon Movies were acquired which use a mean frame subtraction technique to observe tenuous cloud movement. Moores et al. (2015a) reported on the first 360 sols of observations, representing LS = 150° to 5°, and found that movies up to LS = 184° showed visible cloud features with good contrast while subsequent movies were relatively featureless. With the extension of the observations to a full Martian year, more pronounced seasonal changes were observed. Within the Zenith Movie data set, clouds are observed primarily during LS = 3° - 170°, when the solar flux is diminished and the aphelion cloud belt is present at equatorial latitudes. Clouds observed in the Supra-Horizon Movie data set also exhibit seasonality, with clouds predominantly observed during LS = 72° - 108°. The seasonal occurrence of clouds detected in the atmospheric movies is well correlated with orbital observations of water-ice clouds at similar times from the MCS and MARCI instruments on the MRO spacecraft. The observed clouds are tenuous and on average only make up a few-hundredths of an optical depth, although more opaque clouds are observed in some of the movies. Additionally, estimates of the phase function calculated using water-ice opacity retrievals from MCS are provided to show how Martian clouds scatter sunlight, and thus provide insight into the types of ice crystals that comprise the clouds.

  • 238.
    Kohlbacher, Anton
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Development of a Novel Relative Localization Sensor2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    By enabling coordinated task execution and movement, robotic swarms can achieve efficient exploration or disaster site management. When utilizing Ultra-wideband (UWB) radio technology for ranging, the proposed relative localization sensor can be made lightweight and relatively indifferent to the ambient environment. Infrastructure dependency is eliminated by making the whole sensor fit on a swarm agent, while allowing for a certain amount of positional error. In this thesis, a novel algorithm is implemented in to constrained hardware and compared to a more traditional trilateration approach. Both algorithms utilize Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) to be more robust towards noise and achieves similar accuracy, but the proposed algorithm can run up to ten times faster. The antenna array which forms the localization sensor weighs only 56g, and achieves around 0.5m RMSE with a 10Hz update rate. Experiments show that the accuracy can be further improved if the rotational bias observed in the UWB devices are compensated for.

  • 239.
    Korablev, O.
    et al.
    Space Research Institute (IKI)MoscowRussia.
    Martin-Torres, Javier
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology. Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (CSIC-UGR)GranadaSpain.
    Zorzano, Maria-Paz
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology. Centro de AstrobiologíaINTA-CSICMadridSpain.
    The Atmospheric Chemistry Suite (ACS) of Three Spectrometers for the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter2018In: Space Science Reviews, ISSN 0038-6308, E-ISSN 1572-9672, Vol. 247, no 1, article id 7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    The Atmospheric Chemistry Suite (ACS) package is an element of the Russian contribution to the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) mission. ACS consists of three separate infrared spectrometers, sharing common mechanical, electrical, and thermal interfaces. This ensemble of spectrometers has been designed and developed in response to the Trace Gas Orbiter mission objectives that specifically address the requirement of high sensitivity instruments to enable the unambiguous detection of trace gases of potential geophysical or biological interest. For this reason, ACS embarks a set of instruments achieving simultaneously very high accuracy (ppt level), very high resolving power (>10,000) and large spectral coverage (0.7 to 17 μm—the visible to thermal infrared range). The near-infrared (NIR) channel is a versatile spectrometer covering the 0.7–1.6 μm spectral range with a resolving power of ∼20,000. NIR employs the combination of an echelle grating with an AOTF (Acousto-Optical Tunable Filter) as diffraction order selector. This channel will be mainly operated in solar occultation and nadir, and can also perform limb observations. The scientific goals of NIR are the measurements of water vapor, aerosols, and dayside or night side airglows. The mid-infrared (MIR) channel is a cross-dispersion echelle instrument dedicated to solar occultation measurements in the 2.2–4.4 μm range. MIR achieves a resolving power of >50,000. It has been designed to accomplish the most sensitive measurements ever of the trace gases present in the Martian atmosphere. The thermal-infrared channel (TIRVIM) is a 2-inch double pendulum Fourier-transform spectrometer encompassing the spectral range of 1.7–17 μm with apodized resolution varying from 0.2 to 1.3 cm−1. TIRVIM is primarily dedicated to profiling temperature from the surface up to ∼60 km and to monitor aerosol abundance in nadir. TIRVIM also has a limb and solar occultation capability. The technical concept of the instrument, its accommodation on the spacecraft, the optical designs as well as some of the calibrations, and the expected performances for its three channels are described.

  • 240.
    Korablev, Oleg I.
    et al.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Dobrolensky, Yurii
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Evdokimova, Nadezhda
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Fedorova, Anna A.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Kuzmin, Ruslan O.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Mantsevich, Sergei N.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Cloutis, Edward A.
    The University of Winnipeg.
    Carter, John
    Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale IAS-CNRS/Université Paris Sud Orsay.
    Poulet, Francois
    Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale IAS-CNRS/Université Paris Sud Orsay.
    Flahaut, Jessica
    Université Lyon 1, ENS-Lyon, CNRS.
    Griffiths, Andrew
    Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Dorking.
    Gunn, Matthew
    Department of Physics, Aberystwyth University.
    Schmitz, Nicole
    German Aerospace Center DLR, Köln.
    Martin-Torres, Javier
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Zorzano Mier, Maria-Paz
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Rodianov, Daniil S.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Vago, Jorge L.
    ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk.
    Stepanov, Alexander V.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Titov, Andrei Yu.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Vyazovetsky, Nikita A.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Trokhimovskiy, Alexander Yu.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Sapgir, Alexander G.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Kalinnikov, Yurii K.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Ivanov, Yurii S.
    Main Astronomical Observatory MAO NASU, Kyiv.
    Shapkin, Alexei A.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Ivanov, Andrei Yu.
    Space Research Institute IKI, Moscow.
    Infrared Spectrometer for ExoMars: A Mast-Mounted Instrument for the Rover2017In: Astrobiology, ISSN 1531-1074, E-ISSN 1557-8070, Vol. 17, no 6-7, p. 542-564Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ISEM (Infrared Spectrometer for ExoMars) is a pencil-beam infrared spectrometer that will measure reflected solar radiation in the near infrared range for context assessment of the surface mineralogy in the vicinity of the ExoMars rover. The instrument will be accommodated on the mast of the rover and will be operated together with the panoramic camera (PanCam), high-resolution camera (HRC). ISEM will study the mineralogical and petrographic composition of the martian surface in the vicinity of the rover, and in combination with the other remote sensing instruments, it will aid in the selection of potential targets for close-up investigations and drilling sites. Of particular scientific interest are water-bearing minerals, such as phyllosilicates, sulfates, carbonates, and minerals indicative of astrobiological potential, such as borates, nitrates, and ammonium-bearing minerals. The instrument has an ∼1° field of view and covers the spectral range between 1.15 and 3.30 μm with a spectral resolution varying from 3.3 nm at 1.15 μm to 28 nm at 3.30 μm. The ISEM optical head is mounted on the mast, and its electronics box is located inside the rover's body. The spectrometer uses an acousto-optic tunable filter and a Peltier-cooled InAs detector. The mass of ISEM is 1.74 kg, including the electronics and harness. The science objectives of the experiment, the instrument design, and operational scenarios are described.

  • 241.
    Kottayil, Ajil
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Representation and diurnal variation of upper tropospheric humidity in observations and models2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The role of water vapour is manifold in its climate regulation of the Earth system. Most important of all despite its low concentration, is the role it plays in the upper troposphere. It assumes an important role in its contribution to greenhouse warming by way of its positive feedback effect, amplifying the radiative forcing due to increasing CO2 concentrations. Understanding the variability and distribution is thus important from a climate point of view and critical because the challenges involved in it are far too many. This thesis consists of an introduction and three research articles focusing on the study of upper tropospheric humidity (UTH). The first two articles are on two important sources of UTH data, the radiosondes and satellite data, and the third is associated with climate models, important tools for simulating and reproducing global climate features. The summaries of these three articles are as follows:Radiosondes have been the primary sources for vertical profiles of various atmospheric parameters and are one of the crucial components in numerical weather predictions and satellite validations. However, they are known to have certain issues withmeasurements of humidity in the upper troposphere. The first article highlights the importance of radiosonde humidity corrections by using satellite measurements as the reference. The infrared and microwave measurements from NOAA-17 polar orbiting satellite were used as the reference in this study. Collocated radiosonde measurements from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) campaign were converted into satellite radiances using the ARTS radiative transfer model. The comparisons with satellite measurements were done separately for daytime and nighttime soundings of radiosonde under clear sky conditions. An empirical correction procedure meant to address the mean bias error and solar radiation error was applied to the radiosondes. The empirical correction was found to significantly reduce the dry bias of radiosondes in the upper troposphere. The impact of the correction is prominent over daytime radiosonde measurements on account of the bias removal associated with the solar radiation error.Long term time-series measurements of tropospheric humidity are available from polar orbiting satellites but the measurements from these satellites have been found to be affected by diurnal sampling bias, which is caused by a drift in the orbital height of the satellites, thus changing the local sampling time of the satellites over course of time. This therefore introduces a spurious trend into the time-series data obtained from these satellites. A methodology for the correction of orbital drift error applied on microwave humidity measurements from NOAA and MetOp-A satellites forms the subject of the second article included in this thesis. Climatological diurnal cycles of microwave humidity measurements were obtained from 5 different polar orbiting satellites to infer and thereby correct the diurnal sampling bias in microwave humiditymeasurements. The diurnal cycles were generated separately for the 5 microwave channels. A Monte Carlo error analysis also determines the significance of diurnal amplitudes. The impact of diurnal correction has been evaluated by analyzing the surface channel brightness temperature time-series of NOAA-16 and UTH channel time-series of NOAA-17 satellites. The impact of diurnal correction is greater for the surface channels when compared to the UTH channels due to the larger diurnal cycle amplitudes in the surface channels.Climate models are one of the main tools for the prediction of future climatechange. Most processes associated with water vapour appear in climate models as parameterizations since they are too small-scale or complex to be physically represented in models. Therefore, frequent validation of models against observations is needed to assure their reliability. The third article evaluates the performance of two climate models, in simulating the diurnal cycles of upper tropospheric humidity taking combined microwave humidity measurements from four different satellites as the reference. The comparisons were made over the convective land and oceanic regions over the tropics. The diurnal cycle differences between infrared and microwave observations and the reason for these differences are also analyzed. It is shown that the cloud sensitivity differences in infrared data can shift the diurnal phase relative to microwave data. The models exhibit considerable differences in the diurnal phase and amplitude of UTH as against microwave observations over both land and oceanic regions.

  • 242.
    Kottayil, Ajil
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Satellite and radiosonde measurements of atmospheric humidity2012Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This licentiate thesis is based on two papers which are related to the study ofatmospheric humidity. The first paper mainly focuses on a non linear method forretrieving atmospheric humidity from infrared sounder satellite measurements basedon fuzzy clustering which could potentially improve the retrieval accuracy. The mainaim of this study was to provide a better first guess humidity profile for physicalretrieval algorithms which can further improve retrieval accuracy. This method hasbeen compared against linear and non linear regression retrievals which are the gen-erally used methods to get the first guess profile. The results reveal that the retrievalaccuracy is better for the new method as compared to the conventional methods.Generally, the accuracy of the humidity measurements of radiosonde is poor in theupper troposphere (UT) and is worse for day time measurements due to solar heatingof the humidity sensor. Several methods have been developed to correct the humiditymeasurements of radiosondes in the UT. The second paper presents a detailed analysisof the implications of these corrections and depicts how important they are for satellitevalidation. The corrections have been applied separately for daytime and nighttimeradiosonde measurements and their effects have been quantified by comparing againstthe coinciding satellite measurements in the infrared and microwave spectral rangeused for humidity measurements.

  • 243.
    Kottayil, Ajil
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    John, Viju O.
    UK Met Office, Exeter.
    Miloshevich, Larry M.
    Milo Scientific LLC, Lafayette, Colorado.
    Milz, Mathias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Holl, Gerrit
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    On the importance of Vaisala RS92 radiosonde humidity corrections for a better agreement between measured and modeled satellite radiances2012In: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, ISSN 0739-0572, E-ISSN 1520-0426, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 248-259Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A study has been carried out to assess the importance of radiosonde corrections in improving the agreement between satellite and radiosonde measurements of upper-tropospheric humidity. Infrared [High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS)-12] and microwave [Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU)-18] measurements from the NOAA-17 satellite were used for this purpose. The agreement was assessed by comparing the satellite measurements against simulated measurements using collocated radiosonde profiles of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program undertaken at tropical and midlatitude sites. The Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Simulator (ARTS) was used to simulate the satellite radiances. The comparisons have been done under clear-sky conditions, separately for daytime and nighttime soundings. Only Vaisala RS92 radiosonde sensors were used and an empirical correction (EC) was applied to the radiosonde measurements. The EC includes correction for mean calibration bias and for solar radiation error, and it removes radiosonde bias relative to three instruments of known accuracy. For the nighttime dataset, the EC significantly reduces the bias from 0.63 to −0.10 K in AMSU-18 and from 1.26 to 0.35 K in HIRS-12. The EC has an even greater impact on the daytime dataset with a bias reduction from 2.38 to 0.28 K in AMSU-18 and from 2.51 to 0.59 K in HIRS-12. The present study promises a more accurate approach in future radiosonde-based studies in the upper troposphere.

  • 244.
    Kottayil, Ajil
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    John, V.O.
    Buehler, Stefan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Correcting diurnal cycle aliasing in satellite microwave humidity sounder measurements2013In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, E-ISSN 2156-2202, Vol. 118, no 1, p. 101-113Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Microwave humidity measurements from polar orbiting satellites are affected by diurnal sampling biases which are caused by changes in the local observation time of the satellites. The long term data records available from these satellites thus have spurious trends, which must be corrected. Diurnal cycles of the microwave measurements have been constructed by combining data over the period 2001--2010 from five different satellite platforms (NOAA-15, -16, -17, -18, and MetOpA). This climatological diurnal cycle has been used to deduce and correct the diurnal sampling bias in AMSU-B and MHS measurements. Diurnal amplitudes for channels which are sensitive to surface temperature variations show a sharp land-sea contrast with the amplitudes exceeding 10 K for land regions, but less than one Kelvin for oceanic regions. The humidity channels sensitive to the upper and middle troposphere exhibit a seasonal variation with large diurnal amplitudes over convective land regions (often above 3 K) in comparison to oceanic regions. The diurnal peak times of these channels over land occur in the early mornings. The diurnal sampling bias correction has a greater impact over land regions when compared to oceanic regions due to the large diurnal amplitudes over land. The diurnal cycle of humidity generated as a part of this study could be used to evaluate diurnal cycles in climate models.

  • 245.
    Kottayil, Ajil
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Thapliyal, Pradeep
    Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad.
    Shukla, Munn
    Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad.
    Pal, Pradip
    Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad.
    Joshi, Prakash
    Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad.
    Ranganath, Navalgund
    Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad.
    A new technique for temperature and humidity profile retrieval from infrared sounder observations using adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system2010In: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, ISSN 0196-2892, E-ISSN 1558-0644, Vol. 48, no 4, p. 1650-1659Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Accuracy of the atmospheric profiles of temperature and humidity, retrieved from infrared sounder observations using physical retrieval algorithm, depend primarily on the quality of the first guess profiles. In the past, forecasts from the numerical weather prediction models were extensively used as the first guess. During past few years, the first guess for physical retrieval is being estimated using regression techniques from sounder observations. In the present study, a new non-linear technique has been described to improve the first guess using simulated infrared brightness temperatures for GOES-12 Sounder channels. The present technique uses fuzzy logic and data clustering to establish a relationship between simulated sounder observations and atmospheric profiles. This relationship is further strengthened using Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) by fine-tuning the existing fuzzy rule base. The results of ANFIS retrieval have been compared with the non-linear (polynomial) regression retrieval. It has been found that ANFIS is more robust and shows remarkable improvement as it reduces RMS error by 20% in humidity profiles retrieval compared to the non-linear regression technique. In addition, it has been shown that the ANFIS technique has an added advantage of its global application without any need for training data classification that is required in the regression techniques.

  • 246.
    Kudaravalli, Venkata Narayana Chowdary
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Design and fabrication of test-bed for testing attitude determination of spin stablilized spacecraft.2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

     Attitude determination for a spin stabilized satellite is calibrated. A mock spacecraft and a spin simulation test bed are designed and developed. Spin simulation testbed which provides position data is used to acquire true position data. The data from the simulator test bed is used as reference for the sensor data to estimate the error in position of sensor data. Two vector method attitude solutions are used here for attaining the estimated position. Two vectors used for attitude determination are magnetic field vector and sun sensor vector. Calibration of accuracy for sensors is main goal, which is attained by calculating error by comparing the estimated position with true position.

  • 247.
    Kuhn, Thomas
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Damoah, R.
    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo.
    Bacak, A.
    School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester.
    Sloan, J.J.
    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo.
    Characterising aerosol transport into the Canadian high Arctic using aerosol mass spectrometry and Lagrangian modelling2010In: Atmospheric Chemistry And Physics, ISSN 1680-7316, E-ISSN 1680-7324, Vol. 10, no 21, p. 10489-10502Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report the analysis of measurements made using an aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS; Aerodyne Research Inc.) that was installed in the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in summer 2006. PEARL is located in the Canadian high Arctic at 610 m above sea level on Ellesmere Island (80° N 86° W). PEARL is unique for its remote location in the Arctic and because most of the time it is situated within the free troposphere. It is, therefore, well suited as a receptor site to study the long-range tropospheric transport of pollutants into the Arctic. Some information about the successful year-round operation of an AMS at a high Arctic site such as PEARL will be reported here, together with design considerations for reliable sampling under harsh low-temperature conditions. Computational fluid dynamics calculations were made to ensure that sample integrity was maintained while sampling air at temperatures that average 40 °C in the winter and can be as low as 55 °C. Selected AMS measurements of aerosol mass concentration, size and chemical composition recorded during the months of August, September and October 2006 will be reported. The air temperature was raised to about 20 deg;C during sampling, but the short residence time in the inlet system (∼25 s) ensured that less than 10% of semivolatiles such as ammonium nitrate were lost. During this period, sulfate was, at most times, the predominant aerosol component with on average 0.115 μg-3 (detection limit 0.003mg-3). The second most abundant component was undifferentiated organic aerosol, with on average 0.11 Î1/4g mg3 (detection limit 0.04 I1/4g mg3). The nitrate component, which averaged 0.007 mg-3, was above its detection limit (0.002 Î1/4g mg3), whereas the ammonium ion had an apparent average concentration of 0.02 g mg-3, which was approximately equal to its detection limit. A few episodes, having increased mass concentrations and lasting from several hours to several days, are apparent in the data. These were investigated further using a statistical analysis to determine their common characteristics. High correlations among some of the components arriving during the short-term episodes provide evidence for common sources. Lagrangian methods were also used to identify the source regions for some of the episodes. In all cases, these coincided with the arrival of air that had contacted the surface at latitudes below about 60° N. Most of these lower-latitude footprints were on land, but sulfate emissions from shipping in the Atlantic were also detected. The Lagrangian results demonstrate that there is direct transport of polluted air into the high Arctic (up to 80° N) from latitudes down to 40° N on a time scale of 2-3 weeks. The polluted air originates in a wide variety of industrial, resource extraction and petroleum-related activity as well as from large population centres

  • 248.
    Kuhn, Thomas
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Earle, M.E.
    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo.
    Khalizov, A.F.
    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo.
    Sloan, J.J.
    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo.
    Size dependence of volume and surface nucleation rates for homogeneous freezing of supercooled water droplets2011In: Atmospheric Chemistry And Physics, ISSN 1680-7316, E-ISSN 1680-7324, Vol. 11, no 6, p. 2853-2861Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The relative roles of volume and surface nucleation were investigated for the homogeneous freezing of pure water droplets. Experiments were carried out in a cryogenic laminar aerosol flow tube using supercooled water aerosols with maximum volume densities at radii between 1 and 3 Î1/4m. Temperature-and size-dependent values of volume-and surface-based homogeneous nucleation rates between 234.8 and 236.2 K were derived using a microphysical model and aerosol phase compositions and size distributions determined from infrared extinction measurements in the flow tube. The results show that the contribution from nucleation at the droplet surface increases with decreasing droplet radius and dominates over nucleation in the bulk droplet volume for droplets with radii smaller than approximately 5 Î1/4m. This is interpreted in terms of a lowered free energy of ice germ formation in the surface-based process. The implications of surface nucleation for the parameterization of homogeneous ice nucleation in numerical models are considered

  • 249.
    Kuhn, Thomas
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Grishin, Igor
    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo.
    Sloan, James J.
    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo.
    Improved imaging and image analysis system for application to measurement of small ice crystals2012In: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, ISSN 0739-0572, E-ISSN 1520-0426, Vol. 29, no 12, p. 1811-1824Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Accurate knowledge of ice particle size and shape distribution is required for understanding of atmospheric microphysical processes. While larger ice particles are easily measured with a variety of sensors, the measurement of small ice particles with sizes down to a few micrometers remains challenging. Here the authors report the development of a system that measures the size and shape of small ice particles using a novel combination of high-resolution imaging and high-speed automated image classification. The optical system has a pixel resolution of 0.2 μm and a resolving power of approximately 1 μm. This imaging instrument is integrated into a cryogenic flow tube that allows precise control of experimental conditions.This study also describes an automated method for the high-speed analysis of high-resolution particle images. Each particle is located in the image using a Sobel edge detector, the border is vectorized, and a polygon representing the border is found. The vertices of this polygon are expressed in complex coordinates, and an analytic implementation of Fourier shape descriptors is used for piecewise integration along the edges of the polygon.The authors demonstrate the capabilities of this system in a study of the early-stage growth of ice particles, which are grown for approximately 1 min at fixed temperature and saturated water vapor concentrations in the cryogenic flowtube. Ice particle shapes and size distributions are reported and compared with habit diagrams found in the literature. The capability of the shape recognition system is verified by comparison with manual classification.

  • 250.
    Kuhn, Thomas
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Gultepe, Ismail
    Cloud Physics and Severe Weather Research Section, Environment Canada.
    Ice Fog and Light Snow Measurements Using a High-Resolution Camera System2016In: Pure and Applied Geophysics, ISSN 0033-4553, E-ISSN 1420-9136, Vol. 173, no 9, p. 3049-3064Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ice fog, diamond dust, and light snow usually form over extremely cold weather conditions, and they affect both visibility and Earth’s radiative energy budget. Prediction of these hydrometeors using models is difficult because of limited knowledge of the microphysical properties at the small size ranges due to measurement issues. These phenomena need to be better represented in forecast and climate models; therefore, in addition to remote sensing accurate measurements using ground-based instrumentation are required. An imaging instrument, aimed at measuring ice fog and light snow particles, has been built and is presented here. The ice crystal imaging (ICI) probe samples ice particles into a vertical, tapered inlet with an inlet flow rate of 11 L min−1. A laser beam across the vertical air flow containing the ice crystals allows for their detection by a photodetector collecting the scattered light. Detected particles are then imaged with high optical resolution. An illuminating LED flash and image capturing are triggered by the photodetector. In this work, ICI measurements collected during the fog remote sensing and modeling (FRAM) project, which took place during Winter of 2010–2011 in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada, are summarized and challenges related to measuring small ice particles are described. The majority of ice particles during the 2-month-long campaign had sizes between 300 and 800 μm. During ice fog events the size distribution measured had a lower mode diameter of 300 μm compared to the overall campaign average with mode at 500 μm.

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