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Instrument: MSR : Microwave Scanning Radiometer
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As a parabolic antenna revolves, the microwave scanning radiometer (MSR)
continuously scans the earth surface conically for a width of 317 km. During
this process, the MSR receives weak radio waves in the two frequency bands of
23.8 and 31.4 GHz. Its resolution in terms of earth area is 32 km in the 23.8
GHz band and 23 km in the 31.4 GHz band.
Wavelength/ GHz
Frequency 23.8 31.4
Resolution 32Km 23Km
Sensitivity/ 1K 1K
Swath 320Km
Application Fields
23.8GHz Water vapor content,
rainfall area measurement and snowfall measurement
31.4GHz Ice measurement, measurement of water content in
cloud and snowfall measurement
The MSR has flown on the following NASDA satellites: MOS-1, and MOS-1b.
Contributed by:
Tasuku Tanaka, Earth Observation Program Office Director, Program Planning and
Management Department, National Space Development Agency of Japan Head Office,
Hamamatsu-cho, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Takeshi Osugi, Earth Observation Center Director, National Space Development
Agency of Japan, Ohashi Hatoyama-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama pref, Japan