BackForwardInstrument:  SABER 

Instrument details
Acronym SABER
Full name Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry
Purpose Solar-terrestrial interactions - Analysis of emission bands of CO, CO2, H2O, NO, NO2 and O3 in the atmospheric region extending from tropopause to lower thermosphere
Short description Radiometer with 10 channels spread in the interval 1.27 to 17 μm
Background New development
Scanning Technique Limb sounding. Along track sampling at 400 km intervals
Resolution Horizontal: 400 km - Vertical: 2 km in the range 10 to 180 km
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage every day for cells of 580 km average
Mass 62 kg Power 64 W Data Rate 4 kbps


Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2002-03-22 to ≥2022
Last update: 2021-06-17
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Limb sounders
  • Limb sounder
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 2
  • UV/VIS/NIR/IR/MW scanning limb sounder
Mission objectives
No mission objectives have been defined.
Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

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