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Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder (JEM/SMILES), Instrument Performance and Observation Plan from ISS

SATOSHI OCHIAI(1), KENICHI KIKUCHI(2), TOSHIYUKI NISHIBORI(2), HIROYUKI OZEKI(3), TAKESHI MANABE(4) and MASATO SHIOTANI(5)

(1) NICT, 4-2-1 Nukuikitamachi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8795, Japan
(2) JAXA, 2-1-1 Sengen, Tukuba 305-8505, Japan
(3) Toho University, 2-2-1 Miyama, Funabashi 274-8510, Japan
(4) Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuencho, Nakaku, Sakai 599-8531, Japan
(5) Kyoto University, , Kyoto , Japan

Abstract

Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder (SMILES) is a submillimeter limb sounder to observe O3, HCl, ClO, HOCl, HNO3, HO2, BrO, and so on in the stratosphere. The SMILES utilize superconducting technology in space and is expected to be the most sensitive sounder in 640 GHz band for the earth observation. It will be carried to the international space station (ISS) via Japan's transfer vehicle in September 2009 and be installed on Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). In this paper, the instrument performance of the SMILES will be reported based on the recent results of the SMILES ground tests. The operation plan of the SMILES in orbit and the outline of data products from the SMILES ground data processing system will be also reported.