HyperScout! A small box with a big brain
CubeSats, standardized spacecraft platforms which consist of a number of cubes of 10x10x10 cm3, provide practical, reliable, and cost‐effective launch opportunities.
To reduce the size of the spacecraft, you also need smaller electronics without reducing their capabilities. Meet HyperScout, a hyperspectral imager observing in 45 visible and near-infrared spectral bands to provide data products for agriculture, forestry, disaster management, etc.
With its successful launch earlier today, satellite hyperspectral imaging has reached a new phase of maturity. This new HyperScout in-orbit demonstration project allows us to set a new benchmark by combining hyperspectral state-of-the-art technology with the revolutionary CubeSat capabilities.
Bringing Intelligence on board of satellites
During the commissioning phase, we will focus on testing, exploring and fine-tuning:
- The on-ground validation campaign of the algorithms (L1 to L2A) developed during the HyperScout GSTP activity will be performed via analysis and comparison between on-ground and on-board processed data.
- The execution of the in-orbit vicarious calibration of the HyperScout instrument with the main focus of improving the geometric, radiometric and spectral performances
Preparing the way for future operational nanosatellite constellations
HyperScout in-Orbit demonstration project is being executed under an ESA (European Space Agency) GSTP (General Support Technology Programme) by a consortium led by cosine measurement systems (The Netherlands), including VITO (Belgium), S[&]T AS (Norway) and TU Delft (The Netherlands).