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HERCULES/MSI: a multispectral imager with geolocation for STS-70
Author(s): Christopher G. Simi; Randy Kindsfather; Henry Pickard; William Howard III; Mark C. Norton; Roberta Dixon
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Paper Abstract

A multispectral intensified CCD imager combined with a ring laser gyroscope based inertial measurement unit was flown on the Space Shuttle Discovery from July 13-22, 1995 (Space Transport System Flight No. 70, STS-70). The camera includes a six position filter wheel, a third generation image intensifier, and a CCD camera. The camera is integrated with a laser gyroscope system that determines the ground position of the imagery to an accuracy of better than three nautical miles. The camera has two modes of operation; a panchromatic mode for high-magnification imaging [ground sample distance (GSD) of 4 m], or a multispectral mode consisting of six different user-selectable spectral ranges at reduced magnification (12 m GSD). This paper discusses the system hardware and technical trade-offs involved with camera optimization, and presents imagery observed during the shuttle mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 November 1995
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 2585, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources, (24 November 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.227191
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Christopher G. Simi, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Randy Kindsfather, QuesTech, Inc. (United States)
Henry Pickard, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William Howard III, Universities Space Research Association (United States)
Mark C. Norton, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Roberta Dixon, QuesTech, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2585:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources
Edwin T. Engman; Gerard Guyot; Carlo M. Marino, Editor(s)

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