SCIAMACHY was an atmospheric instrument provided to ESA's ENVISAT mission by DLR (Germany) and NIVR (The Netherlands, with support from Belgium). In this context, DLR and NIVR acted as Announcement of Opportunity providers (AOP) for SCIAMACHY. ESA and DLR had agreed their share of responsibilities in the SCIAMACHY mission as part of the overall ENVISAT mission. Thus DLR had to provide operations support and algorithm development/data processing functions.
The operations support functions had been implemented by DLR via the SCIAMACHY Operations Support Team (SOST). SOST consisted of two sub-teams: one at the Atmospheric Processors department IMF-ATP of DLR-IMF and one at IUP-IFE (University of Bremen). Both teams cooperated closely and had defined their particular operations support areas.
SOST-DLR/IMF was responsible for
SOST-IFE took care of
SOST was supported by the SCIAMACHY calibration subgroup and by SCIAVALIG.
The Web pages of SOST presented both an overview of operations concept topics
(static information) and actual planning issues (dynamic information). They
served the SCIAMACHY user community and ENVISAT/SCIAMACHY personnel as a tool
to follow the operational status of the instrument.
The SCIAMACHY Operations Support Team members were:
operations planning, interface to agencies
command & control, technical instrument monitoring
science operations planning, interface to validation
calibration support, scientific instrument monitoring