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CubeSats for action: A MWIR instrument guiding decisions in precision agriculture (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Kevin Lalli; Matthew Beasley; Chris Voorhees

Paper Abstract

Recent years have seen a rise in the development of concepts for constellations of SmallSats or Cubesats for Earth Observation remote sensing. These constellations focus on visible RGB imagery or multi-band imagery from a handful of wide-bands in the visible or near infrared wavelengths. Mid-wave infrared (MWIR) data provides a unique measurement, able to be operated both for day and night imaging. Recent developments in infrared detectors and the miniaturization of cryocooler technology enable this instrument be packaged in a Cubesat form-factor. Data products derived from the MWIR measurement have been shown to be beneficial in agricultural decision making process, specifically in irrigation and water use. Planetary Resources is developing a MWIR instrument operating across the 3-5um wavelength for the purpose of prospecting near-Earth asteroids. In turning the gaze of the sensors to nadir from low-Earth orbit, a unique dataset is created that is currently lacking from existing commercial Earth observation platforms. This paper presents the MWIR instrument, its measurement from low-Earth orbit and its potential for near-Earth asteroid exploration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 January 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9978, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing, 99780F (12 January 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2238292
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin Lalli, Planetary Resources, Inc. (United States)
Matthew Beasley, Planetary Resources, Inc. (United States)
Chris Voorhees, Planetary Resources, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9978:
CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing
Thomas S. Pagano, Editor(s)

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