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THE INSTRUMENTS OF CHOICE

High-grade scientific instruments are a key technology to achieve the goals of ARES.
They enable the detailed digitisation of our natural world with traceable physical units.
INTENDED HARDWARE STRUCTURE
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TCU: Temperature Control Unit, Power Bank: Uninterrupted power supply, Storage: Data storage, IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit, IS: Imaging Spectrometer, hpPC: high-performance Photogrammetric Camera, FMS: Flight Management System, LIDAR: Light Detection and Ranging, NAV/POS: Navigation and Positioning

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NEW INSTRUMENTS

CWIS-II
The Compact Wide Swath Imaging Spectrometer II (CWIS) is a pushbroom imaging spectrometer for the solar reflected spectrum (380-2495 nm) with wide swath (1024 elements), fast optical speed (F/1.8), and high uniformity (≥95%). The CWIS-II compact Dyson demonstrates a reduction in volume and mass over the equivalent Offner-type instrument. CWIS-II is currently under development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is designed to address the need for high signal to noise ratio compact imaging spectrometer systems for the visible short wave infrared wavelength range.

CURRENT HARDWARE STRUCTURE
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TCU: Temperature Control Unit, PDU: Power Distribution Unit, Storage: Data storage, CSU: Computing and Storage Unit, IMU: Inertial Measurement Unit, IS: Imaging Spectrometer, FMS: Flight Management System, NAV/POS: Navigation and Positioning

Airborne research has increasingly gained in importance over the past few years. The ARES infrastructure will fill an important gap between in-situ and space-based observations.