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A short History of SCIAMACHY

The SCIAMACHY instrument was proposed in 1988 by J. P. Burrows et al.. J. P. Burrows acts also as principal investigator of the GOME project.
After a feasibility study (phase A) in 1989-1990 led by Dornier and Fokker as prime contractors, SCIAMACHY was selected for flight by the European Space Agency (ESA) as an "Announcement of Opportunity" instrument.
Subsequently a definition study (phase B) was carried out between 1991 and mid 1992.
Meanwhile, the manufacturing phase (phase C/D) has been completed. SCIAMACHY has been delivered to ESA and is mounted on ENVISAT. Detailed information on the current instrument status may be obtained from the corresponding SCIAMACHY Status page at ESA/ESTEC.


SCIAMACHY is developed by an industrial team headed by Dornier Satellite Systems on the German side and by Fokker Space on the Dutch side.
The instrument and algorithm development is supported by the activities of the SCIAMACHY Science Advisory Group (SSAG), a team of scientists from various international institutions: University of Bremen (D), SRON (NL), SAO (USA), IASB (B), MPI Chemistry Mainz (D), KNMI (NL), University of Heidelberg (D), IMGA (I), CNRS-LPMA (F).
Operational data processing will be performed at DLR-DFD within the D-PAC, the german processing and archiving center, in the ENVISAT-1 ground segment.
Support with respect to mission planning and operations is given by the SCIAMACHY Operations Support Team (SOST).
This work has been funded as part of the SCIAMACHY Scientific Support Study by the BMBF via GSF/PT-UKF under grant 07UFE12/8 and by the University of Bremen.


SCIAMACHY Scientific Requirements Document (PDF file, 621 kB)
Scientific Requirements Document for SCIAMACHY Data and Algorithm Development (PDF file, 338 kB)
SCIAMACHY Validation Requirements Document (at KNMI)
SCIAMACHY Scientific Requirements for Calibration and Characterisation (currently only available in printed form)

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