MetOp Acronym list

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A - B - C

A/D Analog-to-Digital
AMI Active Microwave Instruments
AMSU-A1/A2 Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit
AOCS Attitude and Orbit Control Subsystem
ARGOS A-DCS Advanced Data Collection System
ASCAT Advanced Scatterometer
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
bps bits per second
CBS Standard Bus Coupler
CCSDS Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems
CCU Central Communication Unit
CDA Command and Data Acquisition
CDEM Continuous Dynode Electron Multiplier
CDHS Control and Data Handling System
CDHU Control and Data Handling Unit
CEOS Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
CFRP Carbon Fibre Re-inforced Plastic
CGS Core Ground Segment
CIRA Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
CLS Collecte Localisation Satellites
CNES Centre National d'Études Spatiales (National Centre of Space Studies)
CPDU Command Pulse Direct Unit
CPU Central Processing Unit
CRA Combined Receive Antenna
CU Calibration Unit

D - E - F

DBU Digital Bus Unit
DCP Data Collection Platform
DCS Data Collection System Instrument
DLR Deutsche Zentrum für Luft – und Raumfahrt (German Space Agency)
DM Deployment Mechanism
DMMC Downlink Message Management Centre
DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
DND Department of National Defence
DNMI Norwegian Meteorological Institute
DPU Digital Processing Unit
DRU Data Recovery Unit
DSP Digital Signal Processor
EAIM Electronique des Actuateurs Inertiels et Magnétiques (Intertial and Magnetic Actuators Electronics)
ECPP External Calibration Processor Prototype
ELT Emergency Locator Transmitter
ENVISAT Environmental Satellite
EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
EPRM Electronique Propulsion et MEGS (= Propulsion and MEGS Electronics)
ERS European Remote Sensing Satellite
ESA European Space Agency
ESOC European Space Operation Centre
ESTEC European Space Research and Technology Centre
EUMETSAT European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meterological Satellites
FMU Formatting and Multiplexing Unit
FOV Field of View
FPA Focal-Plane Assembly
FTP File Transfer Protocol
FWHM Full Width Halve Maximum

G - H - I

GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GDM GAVA Deployment Mechanism
GEU GRAS Electronics Unit
GMDSS Global Maritime Distress Safety System
GOME-2 Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment 2
GPDU GOME Power Distribution Unit
GPP Ground Processor Prototype
GPS Global Positioning System
GRAS GNSS Receiver for Atmospheric Sounding
GTS Global Telecommunication System
GUI Graphical User Interface
HIRS/4 High Resolution Infra-Red Sounder 4
HPA High Power Amplifier
HRM Hold-down and Release Mechanisms
HRPT High Resolution Picture Transmission
HV High Voltage
IASI Infra-Red Atmospheric Sounder Interferometer
ICUs Instrument Control Units / Intelligent Control UNIT
IFARS Institute for Applied Remote Sensing
IFC In-Flight Calibrator
IFOV Instantaneous Field of View / Instrument Field of View
IGBP International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
IJPS Initial Joint Polar System
IR Infrared
IRF Impulse Response Function

J - K - L

KNMI Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute)
L1PP Level 1b Processor Prototype
LCL Latch Current Limiters
LEO Low Earth Orbit
LEOLUT LEOSAR system Local Users Terminal
LEOP Launch and Early Orbit Phase
LHCP Left Hand Circle Polarization
LRPT Low Resolution Picture Transmission
LUT Local Users Terminal

M - N - O

MAC Magnetotorquers
MCC Mission Control Centre
MEPED Medium Energy Proton and Electron Detector
MetOp METeorological Operational satellite
MGSE Mechanical Ground Support Equipment
MHS Microwave Humidity Sounder
MLI Multi-Layer-Insulation
MPU Microwave Humidity Sounder Protocol Conversion Unit
MTF Modulation Transfer Function
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NEDD Noise equivalent radiance
NEDT Noise equivalent temperature difference
NESDIS National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service
NIC National Ice Center
NIU NOAA Interface Unit
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NPOESS National Polar Operational Environmental Satellite System
NTG Normalisation Table Generator
NWP Numerical Weather Prediction
OBCT On-Board Calibration Target
OBDH On-Board Data Handling

P - Q - R

PCU Power Control Unit
PDU Power Distribution Unit
PHD Pulse Height Discriminator
PLB Personal Locator Beacon
PLM Payload Module
PMC Payload Module Controller
POES Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite
PTS Point Target Simulator
PTTs Platform Transmitters
PU Polarisation unit
RAMP-CAL Ramp Calibration
RBI Remote Bus Interface
RF Radio Frequency
RFCU Radio Frequency Conditioning Unit
RFU Radio Frequency Unit
RHCP Right Hand Circle Polarization
RPU Receiver and Processing Unit
RSJD Régulateur Shunt Jonction et Distribution (= distribution and shunt junction regulator)
RTU Remote Terminal Unit
RW Reaction Wheels

S - T - U

SA Solar Array
SADM Solar Array Drive mechanism
SAF Satellite Application Facilities
SARP-3 Search and Rescue Processor 3
SARR Search and Rescue Repeater
SEM Space Environmental Monitoring
SEM Space Environment Monitor
SESC Space Environment Service Center
SFE Scatterometer Front End
SMMS Service Module Mechanical Subsystems
SSD Senseur Solaire Digital (= Digital Sun Sensor)
SSPA Solid State Power Amplifier
SSR Solid State Recorder
STD Senseur Stellaire (= Star tracker)
SU Scan Unit
SUEA Scan Unit Electronics Assembly
SUMA Scan Unit Mechanical Assembly
SVM Service Module
SWIR Short wavelength infrared
TCU Thermal Control Unit
TEC Technical Expertise Centre
TED Total Energy Detector
TIR Thermal infrared
TIROS Television Infrared Observation Satellite
TM/TC Telemetry/Telecommands
TXU Transmitter Unit
UDMH Unsymmetrical dimethyl-hydrazine
UMARF Unified Meteorological Archive and Retrieval Facility
USGS United States Geological Survey
UV Ultra Violet

V - W - X

VOLT-CAL Voltage Calibration
WCRP World Climate Research Program
WLS White Light Source

Y - Z