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Instrument details
Acronym CER
Full name Coherent Electromagnetic Radiation
Purpose To determine ionospheric total electron content (TEC)
Short description Three-frequency beacon; cooperative ionospheric observations with fixed ground receivers
Background Part of a package of instruments to study the Magnetosphere
Scanning Technique Travelling cross the Magnetosphere in a highly-elliptical orbit
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle Large fraction of magnetosphere and ionosphere
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency CSA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2013-11-30 to ≥2024
Last update: 2017-04-21
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
  • Field or radiowave sensor
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Ionospheric Vertical Total Electron Content (VTEC)
Secondary mission objectives
  • Ionospheric Radio Absorption
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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 Radio Absorption3 - highNo specific limitation.Magnetosphere. Active radio waves
Ionospheric Vertical Total Electron Content (VTEC)1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Magnetosphere. Active radio waves