BOULDER, Colo. Feb. 22, 2011 Wednesday, Feb. 23 California
Ball Aerospace designed and built the semi-custom Glory cloud cameras for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center using standard CT-633 star tracker electronics and custom optics and software. The cloud cameras are mounted separately but will operate in conjunction with the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor, which provides data on the properties of black carbon and other types of aerosols as well as clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Glory cameras extend technologies first developed by Ball for the successful cloud camera flying onboard the Cloud-Aerosol LIDAR and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) mission launched in 2006. Once on orbit, Glory will join CALIPSO as part of NASA’s A-train satellite formation of Earth-observation satellites.
The three-year Glory mission will contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Program by studying the causes and consequences of global environmental changes as well as helping to determine how to predict these changes.
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SOURCE Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.