BackForwardInstrument:  SWS/MAIPM 

Instrument details
Full name Space Weather Suite - Multi-angle Ionospheric Photometer
Purpose X-ray spectrometry of the ionosphere
Short description Description not available. Presumably, imaging spectrometer for the X-ray 3-100 keV
Background Part of the SWS (Space Weather Suite) package. Improved after the Ionospheric Photometer (IPM) flown on FY-3D
Scanning Technique Ionospheric viewing from a sunsynchronous orbit. Providing observations under several viewing angles
Resolution 80 km at the s.s.p.
Coverage / Cycle Global daily. Sampling at 60 s intervals
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency CMA
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: ≥2019 to ≥2029
Last update: 2017-05-21
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Space radiometer or spectrometer
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • X-ray flux spectrum
Secondary mission objectives
  • X-ray sky image
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
X-ray flux spectrum3 - highNo specific limitation.Earth's limb observed, high spectral resolution
X-ray flux3 - highNo specific limitation.X-ray imager observing the Earth's surface to detect Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGF)
X-ray sky image3 - highNo specific limitation.Earth's limb observed, spectrometry with high spatial resolution