SOIR - The instrument
The SOIR channel of the SPICAV/SOIR suite
SPICAV is a spectrometer measuring the ultraviolet and infrared radiation designed in the frame of an international cooperation between France, Belgium (through the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy), Russia and the United States.
The SPICAV instrument is derived from the SPICAM instrument onboard Mars-Express.
In order to observe the Sun absorbed by the Venus atmosphere in the infrared between 1.8µm - 4µm, SPICAV uses a third channel:
SOIR is a completely Belgian instrument. It has been built at the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy in close cooperation with two Belgian industrial partners: OIP and PEDEO.
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