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The Space Shuttle As A Polarization Observation Platform
Author(s): V. S. Whitehead; Kinsell Coulson
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Paper Abstract

To date polarization observation have been acquired from five Shuttle missions. These observations, consisting of some four hundred pairs of polarized images of Earth, demonstrate both the potential of applying polarization as an added dimension in remote sensing, and the complexity involved in doing so. Following the acquisition and preliminary analysis of the data, a workshop on Remote Sensing in Polarized Light was convened at the NASA, Johnson Space Center to consider follow-on options. A three-phase program was recommended by the workshop members with all phases using the Space Shuttle as the observation platform. The Shuttle has some constraints in supporting observations of the type required to obtain a better understanding of the complexities in applying polarization in remote sensing. However, it has many attributes, foremost being the human presence which provides the real time feedback required to get the most information out of any given scene. A description of these constraints and attributes will be provided along with the recommendations resulting from the workshop and descriptions of the past and future observing procedures used from Shuttle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1166, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II, (25 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962877
Show Author Affiliations
V. S. Whitehead, NASA, Johnson Space Center (United States)
Kinsell Coulson, University of California at Davis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1166:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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