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Multispectral Thermal Imager (MTI) satellite hardware status, tasking, and operations
Author(s): Max L. Decker; R. Rex Kay; N Glenn Rackley
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Paper Abstract

MTI is a comprehensive R&D project, featuring a single satellite in a sun-synchronous orbit designed to collect radiometrically accurate images of instrumented ground sites in 15 spectral bands ranging from visible to long-wave infrared. The satellite was launched from Vandenberg AFB on March 12, 2000 aboard an Orbital Sciences Corporation Taurus rocket. After launch, the operations team completed a 3- month turn-on, check out and alignment procedure, and declared the satellite ready for its R&D mission on June 12, 2000. The satellite is currently healthy, having collected over 1,100 images during its first nine months of operation. This paper presents a brief satellite overview and documents on-orbit status and operational experience, including anomalies and their resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4381, Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VII, (20 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.437008
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Max L. Decker, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
R. Rex Kay, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
N Glenn Rackley, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4381:
Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VII
Sylvia S. Shen; Michael R. Descour, Editor(s)

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