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Multispectral Thermal Imager mission overview
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Paper Abstract

The Multispectral Thermal Imager (MTI) is a research and development project sponsored by the Department of Energy and executed by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Savannah River Technology Center. Other participants include the U.S. Air Force, universities, and many industrial partners. The MTI mission is to demonstrate the efficacy of highly accurate multispectral imaging for passive characterization of industrial facilities and related environmental impacts from space. MTI provides simultaneous data for atmospheric characterization at high spatial resolution. Additionally, MTI has applications to environmental monitoring and other civilian applications. The mission is based in end-to-end modeling of targets, signatures, atmospheric effects, the space sensor, and analysis techniques to form a balanced, self-consistent mission. The MTI satellite nears completion, and is scheduled for launch in late 1999. This paper describes the MTI mission, development of desired system attributes, some trade studies, schedule, and overall plans for data acquisition and analysis. This effort drives the sophisticated payload and advanced calibration systems, which are the overall subject of the first session at this conference, as well as the data processing and some of the analysis tools that will be described in the second segment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3753, Imaging Spectrometry V, (27 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366296
Show Author Affiliations
Paul G. Weber, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Brian C. Brock, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Alfred J. Garrett, Westinghouse Savannah River Co. (United States)
Barham W. Smith, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Christoph C. Borel, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
William B. Clodius, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Steven C. Bender, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
R. Rex Kay, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Max L. Decker, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3753:
Imaging Spectrometry V
Michael R. Descour; Sylvia S. Shen, Editor(s)

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