BackForwardInstrument:  TICFIRE 

Instrument details
Full name Thin Ice Cloud in the Far InfraREd.
Purpose (1) To improve measurements of water-vapour concentration for low column amounts (2) To determine the contribution of Thin Ice Clouds to the energy balance and the role of their microphysical properties on atmospheric cooling
Short description A nadir viewing 6 band radiometer from 7.5 to 50 microns (see table below) and an accompanying imager that performs limb view measurements and provides cloud vertical structure information.
Background New development
Scanning Technique Pushbroom 640 km swath horizontal, 30 km vertical
Resolution 10 km horizontal, 1 km in vertical.
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in 2.2 days
Mass 30 kg Power 29 W Data Rate 31.4 kbits/sec


Providing Agency CSA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2031 to 2036
Last update: 2023-11-02
Detailed characteristics


1 7.9-9.5 µm 10km 
2 10-12 µm 10km 
3 12-14 µm 10km 
4 17.25-19.75 µm 10km 
5 22.5-27.5 µm 10km 
6 30-50 µm 10km 
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • Broadband Earth radiation radiometer
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 1
  • On-orbit measurement reference standards for VIS/NIR, IR, MW absolute calibration.
  • On-orbit measurement reference standards for VIS/NIR, IR, MW absolute calibration.
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Cloud ice
  • Integrated Water Vapour (IWV)
Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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Note: * Primary mission objective.