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Current Status

CPF HySICS Environmental Testing Complete

In 2023, the CLARREO PF team has been conducting comprehensive characterization tests on the Hyperspectral Imager for Climate Science (HySICS) instrument to ensure that it can meet its rigorous and unprecedented accuracy goal. The HySICS instrument is an imaging spectrometer developed by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and is the heart of the CPF payload as the core subsystem enabling the high-accuracy measurements of reflected sunlight. After characterization testing, HySICS completed vibration testing at National Technical Systems in Santa Clarita, California. The instrument was then shipped back to LASP in Boulder, CO where it completed TVAC (thermal vacuum chamber) testing to verify that the instrument will tolerate the space environment installed on the International Space Station. Following successful completion of TVAC, an independent calibration effort will be conducted with the instrument before it’s ready for the start of payload integration in late 2023.

Team Updates

  • ✅ NASA's CLARREO Pathfinder (CPF) payload has been integrated! 
    There are still a few boxes to check before CPF can start measuring Earth's climate aboard the International Space Station. 
    Up next are tests to demonstrate that the payload can withstand launch conditions and operate in the unique space environment. Credits: LASP