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In-orbit demonstration of the first hyperspectral imager for nanosatellites

Paper Abstract

HyperScout-1 is the first smart hyperspectral imager for nanosatellites. It has been launched on the 2nd of February 2018 at 8:51 CET, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. The launch vehicle Long March 2D lifted off on schedule and the satellite was separated from the launch vehicle minutes later. Approximately after 6 hours the first contact was established.

HyperScout-1 is based on a long line of development led by cosine measurement systems. The project to develop, build and launch the first HyperScout-1 was funded by ESA, with support from the Dutch, Belgian and Norwegian national space organizations: Netherlands Space Office, BELSPO and Norsk Romsenter. cosine, as the prime contractor, enlisted the help of consortium partners S&T, TU Delft, VDL and VITO.

The aim of the demonstration mission is to assess the quality of the data that will be acquired and the consequent suitability for the intended applications. Furthermore, the basic functionalities of the instrument as well as the onboard processing in real time will be demonstrated. The demonstration is divided in three operational blocks, during which HyperScout® will be operated to acquire data from invariant sites for vicarious calibration, from application sites to qualify HyperScout® for all the applications it has been conceived for, and to perform software experiments to demonstrate the novel approach to overcome the bandwidth limitation on small platforms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 1118020 (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2535991
Show Author Affiliations
M. Esposito, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
A. Zuccaro Marchi, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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