BackForwardInstrument:  SWS/IPM 

Instrument details
Acronym SWS/IPM
Full name Space Weather Suite / 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
Scanning Technique Ionospheric viewing from a sunsynchronous orbit
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 Backed by strong heritage
Utilization Period: ≥2018-02 to ≥2026
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
  • 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 spectrum4 - fairNo specific limitation.Earth's limb observed, high spectral resolution
X-ray sky image3 - highNo specific limitation.Earth's limb observed, spectrometry with high spatial resolution