BackForwardInstrument:  MAESTRO 

Instrument details
Acronym MAESTRO
Full name Measurements of Aerosol Extinction in the Stratosphere and Troposphere Retrieved by Occultation
Purpose Atmospheric chemistry at high latitudes and high altitude. Tracked species: H2O, NO2, O3 and aerosol
Short description UV/VIS/NIR grating spectrometer in the range 285-1030 nm, spectral resolution 1-2 nm, SNR > 1000 at the expected input spectral radiance
Background New development
Scanning Technique Sun occultation
Resolution Vertical: 1-2 km - Horizontal: effective 500 km (limb sounding)
Coverage / Cycle N/A because of the occultation geometry. Only occurring at high latitudes
Mass 8 kg Power 15 W Data Rate 3 Mbps

 

Providing Agency CSA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2004-02-27 to ≥2020
Last update: 2017-01-17
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
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Limb sounders
  • Limb sounder
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • BrO Mole Fraction
  • ClO Mole Fraction
  • H2O Mole Fraction
  • HCHO Mole Fraction
  • NO Mole Fraction
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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
Aerosol mass mixing ratio5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV, VIS, NIR limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
Atmospheric temperature5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV, VIS, NIR limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
BrO Mole Fraction5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. BrO lines around 300 nm. Limb sounding by solar occultation.. Self-calibrating
HCHO Mole Fraction5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. HCHO lines around 350 nm Limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
ClO Mole Fraction5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. ClO lines around 300 nm. Limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
H2O Mole Fraction5 - marginalDaylight only.. Limited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.Spectrometry in UV and VIS (several weak bands) and NIR (strong band around 940 nm). Limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
NO Mole Fraction5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. NO lines around 250 nm. Limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
NO2 Mole Fraction5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV and VIS spectrometry. Several lines in the ranges around 220 nm and 400 nm. Limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
O3 Mole Fraction5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV and VIS spectrometry. Ozone lines in the bands around 260 nm (Hartley) and/or 340 nm (Huggins) and 600 nm (Chappuis). Limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
PSC occurrence5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV and VIS spectrometry. Limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
SO2 Mole Fraction5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. SO2 lines around 350 nm. Limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating
Specific humidity5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV, VIS and NIR spectrometry with several water vapour bands (main: around 940 nm). Limb sounding by solar occultation, Self-calibrating
Aerosol volcanic ash5 - marginalLimited to high atmosphere.. Limited to high latitudes.. Daylight only.UV, VIS and NIR spectrometry; limb sounding by solar occultation. Self-calibrating