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Performance analysis of the "microMED" optical particle counter in windy conditions

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  • Giuseppe Mongelluzzo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, University of Naples Federico II
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  • Gabriele Franzese, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
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  • Fabio Cozzolino, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
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  • Francesca Esposito, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
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  • Alan Cosimo Ruggeri, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
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  • Carmen Porto, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
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  • Cesare Molfese, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
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  • Simone Silvestro, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, SETI Institute
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  • Ciprian Ionut Popa, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
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  • Diego Scaccabarozzi, Polytechnic University of Milan
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  • Bortolino Saggin, Polytechnic University of Milan
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  • Alberto Martin-Ortega, Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial
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  • Ignacio Arruego, Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial
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  • Jose Ramon De Mingo, Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial
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  • Nuria Andres Santiuste, Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial
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  • Daniele Brienza, National Institute for Astrophysics
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  • Fausto Cortecchia, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica di Bologna
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  • Jonathan P. Merrison
  • Jens Jacob Iversen

The Optical Particle Counter 'MicroMED' will be part of the ExoMars 2022 mission and aims to provide the first ever direct measurement of airborne Martian dust. The instrument has been tested at the INAF - OAC premises, where a Martian chamber is present, simulating the Martian environment in terms of pressure, instrument temperature, atmosphere composition and the presence of dust. However, tests in the presence of wind are also needed for the instrument characterization. To this purpose, a test campaign at the AWTS II simulator at the Aarhus University (Denmark) was performed, testing the instrument in the presence of winds up to 15 m/s. Such tests are important since wind is the main agent of landscape modification on Mars. The present work describes the results of such tests, showing the variation of the instrument detecting ability with the wind speed, as well as the influence of temperature on performances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2021 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace, MetroAeroSpace 2021
Number of pages6
Publication yearJun 2021
Article number9511691
ISBN (Electronic)9781728175560
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Event8th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace, MetroAeroSpace 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 22 Jun 202125 Jun 2021


Conference8th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace, MetroAeroSpace 2021
ByVirtual, Online

    Research areas

  • Airborne Dust, AWTS II, Europlanet project, ExoMars 2020 mission, Mars, MicroMED instrument

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