Upcoming Venus exploration by AKATSUKI/Venus Climate Orbiter. M. Nakamura, T. Imamura, T. Satoh, and VCO Team Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Flight model before launch. Vibration test. Thermal vacuum test. Akatsuki launch: May 21, 2010. First light. UVI 365nm. LIR 10μm. IR1 0.9μm.
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M. Nakamura, T. Imamura, T. Satoh, and VCO Team
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Thermal vacuum test
Lightning and airglow camera
Longwave IR camera (cloud temperature)
Ultraviolet imager (cloud top)
1-mm camera (surface)
2-mm camera (lower atmosphere)
Radio science (vertical structure)
Successive Global images
of atmosphere and ground
surface (~24 hours)
Orbital period: 30 hours
(~3 hours x 2)
Temperature / H2SO4
vapor / Ionosphere
by radio occultation
365nm, cloud top (65km), dayside
10mm, cloud top (65km), dayside & nightside
2.02mm, cloud top(65m), dayside
365 nm image taken by PVO/OCPP
8.6 um image taken by Subaru telescope, high-pass filtered
Cloud altimetry by VenusExpress/VIRTIS
0.9mm, lower cloud (50km), dayside
2.3mm, lower cloud (50km), nightside
* Cloud top and bottom will be covered on both dayside and nightside.
0.98 um image taken by Galileo/SSI
2.3 um image taken by Galileo/NIMS
Level 0 : Uncompressed images
Level 1 : Calibrated images with FITS header
Level 2 : Calibrated images with FITS header, including geometry information
Level 3 : Wind vectors and other higher-level products on longitude-latitude grids in NetCDF format
Coordinated observations are being planned.
See you soon at Venus !