BackForwardInstrument:  CARMEN 

Instrument details
Acronym CARMEN
Full name Environment Characterization and Modelisation
Purpose To study the influence of space radiation on advanced components
Short description Spectrometer for electrons of energy ranging from 250 keV to 4 MeV and protons in the range 8 to 120 MeV
Background Flown on JASON-2 with the name of CARMEN-2 and, somewhat upgraded, on JASON-3 with the name of CARMEN-3
Scanning Technique N/A (in-situ measurement)
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle N/A
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency CNES
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 2008-06-22 to 2018-10-01
Last update: 2017-07-27
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Energetic particle spectrometer
WIGOS Subcomponents No WIGOS subcomponents have been defined.
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Electron differential directional flux
  • Proton differential directional flux
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Electron differential directional flux5 - marginalNo specific limitation.Platform environment, medium and high energy (over 40 to over 400 keV)
Proton differential directional flux5 - marginalNo specific limitation.Platform environment, high energy (over 1000 keV)