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The compact hyperspectral prism spectrometer for sustainable land imaging: enhancing capabilities for land remote sensing
Author(s): Thomas U. Kampe; Nathan Leisso; Robert Slusher; Paul Kaptchen; Nathan Showalter; Jerold Cole; Jonathan R. Fox; Kyle Solander; Lyle Ruppert; Rusty Schweickart; William S. Good; James Howell; Robert Warden; Frank Grochocki; James Baer; Laura Coyle; James Lasnik; Betsy Farris; Emily Mrkvicka
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Paper Abstract

Space imagery provides a unique resource for addressing environmental challenges associated with land cover change, land use, disaster relief, deforestation, regional planning and global change research. At Ball Aerospace, we are developing the Compact Hyperspectral Prism Spectrometer (CHPS) as a candidate imaging spectrometer technology for insertion into future Sustainable Land Imaging missions. The 2013 NRC report Landsat and Beyond: Sustaining and Enhancing the Nations Land Imaging Program recommended that the nation should “maintain a sustained, space-based, land-imaging program, while ensuring the continuity of 42-years of multispectral information.” In support of this, NASA’s Sustainable Land Imaging-Technology (SLI-T) program aims to develop technology for a new generation of smaller, more capable, less costly payloads that meet or exceed current Landsat imaging capabilities. CHPS is designed to meet these objectives, providing high-fidelity visible-to-shortwave spectroscopic information. CHPS supports continuity of legacy Landsat data products, but also, provides a path to enhanced capabilities in support of land, inland waters, and coastal waters science. CHPS features full aperture full optical path calibration, extremely low straylight, and low polarization sensitivity; all crucial performance parameters for achieving the demanding SLI measurement objectives. In support of our space-borne instrument development, we have developed an airborne instrument to provide representative spectroscopic data and data products. Now in the final year of this 3-year development program, we have completed our initial engineering airborne flights and are beginning science flights. We present initial results from laboratory characterization and calibration and from our engineering flights and close with an overview of instrument performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 11127, Earth Observing Systems XXIV, 111270W (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2529552
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas U. Kampe, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Nathan Leisso, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Robert Slusher, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Paul Kaptchen, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Nathan Showalter, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Jerold Cole, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Jonathan R. Fox, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Kyle Solander, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Lyle Ruppert, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Rusty Schweickart, Ball Aerospace (United States)
William S. Good, Ball Aerospace (United States)
James Howell, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Robert Warden, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Frank Grochocki, Ball Aerospace (United States)
James Baer, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Laura Coyle, Ball Aerospace (United States)
James Lasnik, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Betsy Farris, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Emily Mrkvicka, Ball Aerospace (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11127:
Earth Observing Systems XXIV
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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