Designing and Delivering an EO Instrument Concept Training Workshop, March 2010

The CEOI held its second one-day training workshop on "Designing and Delivering an EO Instrument Concept" on Monday March 15th in London.


Introduction to CEOI - Mick Johnson (CEOI)

The real problems  in developing Earth Observation instruments - Chris Chaloner (SEA)

The Science Perspective - developing an instrument in Canada - Peter Bernath (University of York)

Lidar techniques - Nick Leveque (Astrium)

UV/visible spectroscopy techniques - Chris White (Uni. of Leicester)

Passive microwave techniques  - Ian Robinson (Uni. of Southampton/NOC)

SAR techniques -  Hugh Griffith (UCL)

The impacts of instrument accommodation on the spacecraft bus design Phil Davies (SSTL)

Turning an instrument concept into reality Kim Ward (STFC-RAL)

Workshop Exercises:

The Excel spreadsheets on Lidar and UV visible spectroscopy are provided as training material and are not intended to support 'real' instrument design - they contain many simplifications and approximations.  Refer to the 'Lidar Techniques' and 'UV/visible Spectroscopy Techniques' presentations for further information.  Please note that, although we have taken every care to ensure the integrity of these files, the download or use of these spreadsheets is at your own risk.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Chris Chaloner of SEA and Professor Peter Bernath of the University of York, who have experience of bringing together instrument concepts for ESA and national mission builds respectively.  In addition Kim Ward from STFC-RAL provides a presentation on implementing an EO instrument.  View the Agenda.

The workshop builds on the highly successful first CEOI training workshop and is particularly timely given the current call for Earth Explorer 8 missions. It includes talks on the challenges of designing world class instruments and the trade-offs, presentations from experts on some key instrument techniques and working sessions where participants can become familiar with issues in designing instruments and ensuring that they can achieve best scientific and payload value. The workshop also provides an opportunity for displaying posters on emerging or new instrument concepts.

The workshop is aimed at both academia and industry including research scientists, technologists and potential instrument PIs, both those anticipating taking on such leadership roles now and also those PDRAs/PhDs and graduates already in industry who may aspire to do so as their careers develop. The workshop should provide valuable insight into the design process and an excellent opportunity to network. There is no charge for attendance at the Workshop.