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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Passive Microwave Instrument Studies for Next Generation Precipitation and Cloud Measurements

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We will formulate high-level concepts for passive microwave instrument candidates for next generation precipitation and cloud measurements. The results can be used in support of a Cloud and Precipitation Process Mission architecture study. Outcomes will include technology roadmaps and relative science performance evaluation for a small-satellite microwave imager (MI) oriented towards time-resolved process measurements, a balloon-borne microwave imager suitable for use in medium-duration (~4-6 week) campaigns, and a large-satellite MI with enhanced profiling capability, all considering architectures for including sub-millimeter-wave channels.

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