Monday, 24 January 2011
The ability to predict, identify, and track severe space weather is growing increasingly important in our high-tech world. Serious solar events such as coronal mass ejections, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares have been known to cause serious damage to orbital installations, resulting in loss of communications and power, aberrations in instrument behavior, and even satellite faults. Improving the abilities to recognize when severe space weather will affect our sensitive installations hinges not only on how advanced the space weather instrumentation is, but on how well the hardware is characterized, understood, and the instrument performance is tracked. For the GOES-R series the Calibration Working Group led by NOAA/NESDIS/STAR will assume responsibility for technical oversight of pre-launch and post-launch calibration, as well as long-term monitoring. This presentation will focus on the recent progress in developing the capabilities for prelaunch/post-launch calibration and long-term trending for the GOES-R Solar Ultra-Violet Imager.
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