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Design and operation of SUCHI: the space ultra-compact hyperspectral imager for a small satellite
Author(s): S. T. Crites; P. G. Lucey; R. Wright; J. Chan; H. Garbeil; K. A. Horton; A. Imai; E. J. Pilger; M. Wood; Lance Yoneshige
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Paper Abstract

The primary payload on the University of Hawaii-built ‘HiakaSat’ micro-satellite will be the Space Ultra Compact Hyperspectral Imager (SUCHI). SUCHI is a low-mass (<9kg), low-volume (10x10x36 cm3) long wave infrared hyperspectral imager designed and built at the University of Hawaii. SUCHI is based on a variable-gap Fabry-Perot interferometer employed as a Fourier transform spectrometer with images collected by a commercial 320x256 microbolometer array. The microbolometer camera and vacuum-sensitive electronics are contained within a sealed vessel at 1 atm. SUCHI will collect spectral radiance data from 8 to 14 microns and demonstrate the potential of this instrument for geological studies from orbit (e.g. mapping of major rock-forming minerals) and volcanic hazard observation and assessment (e.g. quantification of volcanic sulfur dioxide pollution and lava flow cooling rates). The sensor has been integrated with the satellite which will launch on the Office of Responsive Space ORS-4 mission scheduled for 2014. The primary mission will last 6 months, with extended operations anticipated for approximately 2 years. A follow-on mission has been proposed to perform imaging of Earth’s surface in the 3-5 micron range with a field of view of 5 km with 5.25 m sampling (from a 350 km orbit). The 19-kg proposed instrument will be a prototype sensor for a constellation of small satellites for Earth imaging. The integrated satellite properties will be incorporated into the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory’s constellation maintenance software environment COSMOS (Comprehensive Openarchitecture Space Mission Operations System) to ease future implementation of the instrument as part of a constellation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9085, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications VII, 908505 (3 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050625
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S. T. Crites, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
P. G. Lucey, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
R. Wright, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
J. Chan, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
H. Garbeil, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
K. A. Horton, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
A. Imai, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
E. J. Pilger, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
M. Wood, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa (United States)
Lance Yoneshige, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9085:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications VII
Khanh D. Pham; Joseph L. Cox, Editor(s)

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