A stratospheric balloon GNSS-R experiment: The 3Cat-2 project in DLR/SNSB BEXUS
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PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) - BarcelonaTech Remote Sensing Laboratory focus on the development of breakthrough concepts. The 3Cat-2 mission is on the synergy of GNSS reflectometry and the CubeSat concept. Scientifically valuable mission data will improve our understanding on the Earth's environment. In particular, ocean currents need further investigation because of the spatio-temporal evolution of the mesoscale phenomena. The spacecraft development work includes two stratospheric flights in the frame of the REXUS/BEXUS programme coordinated by the European Space Agency (ESA). Coherent and incoherent scattering of Earth-reflected GNSS signals as sensed by the P(Y) & C/A ReflectOmeter (PYCARO) payload will be evaluated using the main state-of-the art Global Navigation Satellite Systems Reflectometry (GNSS-R) methodologies. Future spaceborne activities could take advantage of it, including the GNSS REflectometry, Radio Occultation and Scatterometry on-board International Space Station (GEROS-ISS) experiment.
CitationCarreño-Luengo, H. [et al.]. A stratospheric balloon GNSS-R experiment: The 3Cat-2 project in DLR/SNSB BEXUS. A: IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. "2014 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium: proceedings: July 13–18, 2014, Québec City, Québec, Canada". Québec: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2014, p. 3626-3629.