BackForwardInstrument:  GOLD 

Instrument details
Acronym GOLD
Full name Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk
Purpose Space weather of the thermosphere and ionosphere
Short description Far-UV imaging spectrometer. Description (specifically, spectral range and spectral resolution) not yet available
Background Instrument hosted on a commercial telecommunication satellite (SES-14)
Scanning Technique Description not yet available
Resolution Not known
Coverage / Cycle Earth's disk as from GEO at 30 min rate
Mass 26.2 kg Power 26.4 W Data Rate 3.3 Mbps


Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Backed by strong heritage
Utilization Period: ≥2018 to ≥2020
Last update: 2017-06-28
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Space radiometer or spectrometer
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Electron Density
  • Ionospheric plasma density
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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
Ionospheric plasma density5 - marginalNo specific limitation.UV imaging spectrometer measuring ionospheric plasma density in the Earth's limb
Electron Density5 - marginalNo specific limitation.UV spectrometry of the Earth's limb