SPEX (astronomy)

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SPEX (the Spectropolarimeter for Planetary EXploration) is a single-channel, high-precision polarimeter for the characterization of planetary atmospheres.[1] It is intended for planetary science missions, but it could with minor modifications also be used for Earth observation by a microsatellite, such as the Dutch FAST-D project.[2]



Sources used[edit]

  • "SPEX Spectropolarimeter for Planetary EXploration". Netherlands Institute for Space Research. 2011.
  • Maessen, D.C.; Guo, J.; Gill, E.; Gunter, B.; Chu, Q.P.; Bakker, G.; Laan, E.; Moon, S.; Kruijff, M.; Zheng, G.T. (2009). "Conceptual Design of the FAST-D Formation Flying Spacecraft". In Sandau, Rainer; Roeser, Hans-Peter; Valenzuela, Arnoldo. Small Satellites for Earth Observation: 7th International Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), 4–8 May 2009, Berlin, Germany (2010 ed.). Springer. ISBN 9783642035005. uuid: 23f6c40a-5756-4a46-bc3e-ee8727c9806a.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rietjens, J.H.H.; Snik, F.; Stam, D.M.; Smit, J.M.; van Harten, G.; Keller, C.U.; Verlaan, A.L.; Laan, E.C.; ter Horst, R.; Navarro, R.; Wielinga, K.; Moon, S.G.; Voors, R. (2010). SPEX: Spectropolarimeter for Planetary EXploration (PDF). International Conference on Space Optics 4–8 October 2010 Rhodes, Greece.
  • Voors, Robert; Moon, Scott G.; Hannemann, Sandro; Rietjens, Jeroen H. H.; van Harten, Gerard; Snik, Frans; Smit, Martijn; Stam, Daphne M.; Keller, Christoph U.; Laan, Erik C.; Verlaan, Adrianus L.; Vliegenthart, Willem A.; Ter Horst, Rik; Navarro, Ramón; Wielenga, Klaas (2011). Meynart, Roland; Neeck, Steven P.; Shimoda, Haruhisa, eds. Spectropolarimeter for planetary exploration (SPEX): performance measurements with a prototype. Proceedings of the SPIE: Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XV. 8176. pp. 81760D&ndash, 81760D-12. doi:10.1117/12.897706.
  • van Harten, Gerard; Snik, Frans; Rietjens, Jeroen H. H.; Smit, J. Martijn; de Boer, Jozua; Diamantopoulou, Renia; Hasekamp, Otto P.; Stam, Daphne M.; Keller, Christoph U.; Laan, Erik C.; Verlaan, Ad L.; Vliegenthart, Willem A.; ter Horst, Rik; Navarro, Ramón; Wielinga, Klaas; Hannemann, Sandro; Moon, Scott G.; Voors, Robert (2011). Shaw, Joseph A.; Tyo, J. Scott, eds. Prototyping for the Spectropolarimeter for Planetary EXploration (SPEX): calibration and sky measurements. Proceedings of the SPIE: Polarization Science and Remote Sensing V (Sunday 21 August 2011 San Diego, California, USA). 8160. pp. 81600Z. doi:10.1117/12.893741.