Eli, as the bunnies know, has been a fan of DSCVR, aka Triana for like a seriously long time. He even has a decal sitting on his desk. A little while ago he noted that the mission was being unmothballed (shoved into the closet by the lamented George Bush) to serve as a space weather observatory to replace a failing mission. The Rabett had heard in a social gathering, that there was work at Goddard on refurbishing the instruments. Eli wrote to the responsible parties, and got a go away and don't bother us.
Dr, Rabett:But amazingly, funding for DSCVR appeared in the latest Persidential Budget, so Eli wrote again and received a reply
Thanks for your email regarding the status of DSCOVR. At this time, NOAA is not able to answer your questions, pending the outcome of the ongoing Congressional budget process. Once those issues have been resolved, we'll be in a better position to discussthe way forward on DSCOVR.
Regards, Michael Simpson
DSCOVR Program Manager
The NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) will be providing funds to integrate and test the EPIC and NISTAR instruments so that they will fly in a fully functional mode on DSCOVR. The data that will be returned from the EPIC instrument will be minimally processed to incorporate basic calibration parameters and then archived. Any additional processing of the data will be part of a ROSES call from ESD. Due to limited existing ground system resources, the EPIC data rate will be no greater than the equivalent of one RGB image (3 spectral bands) every 4 hours. The data is planned to be publicly available. If you have more questions please contact Dr. Richard Eckman, the DSCOVR Program Scientist in the ESD. I am not aware of any plans for an earth observing spacecraft at L2.Not totally wonderful news, but not nothing. The remark about the data being archived means that there is no funding for data analysis, still it will be available. EPIC is a ten channel imaging spectroradiometer which can measure ozone, aerosols, clouds and land and ocean surface changes. NISTAR is a three cavity radiometer to measure reflected solar radiation and energy emitted by the Earth. Details here. Eli is going out for some carrot juice. Don't worry.
Q. Viet Nguyen, PhD
Joint Agency Satellite Division