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30 August 2019 HYTI: thermal hyperspectral imaging from a CubeSat platform
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The HyTI (Hyperspectral Thermal Imager) mission, funded by NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office InVEST (InSpace Validation of Earth Science Technologies) program, will demonstrate how high spectral and spatial long-wave infrared image data can be acquired from a 6U CubeSat platform. The mission will use a spatially modulated interferometric imaging technique to produce spectro-radiometrically calibrated image cubes, with 25 channels between 8-10.7 μm, at a ground sample distance of ~70 m. The HyTI performance model indicates narrow band NEΔTs of <0.3 K. The small form factor of HyTI is made possible via the use of a no-moving-parts Fabry-Perot interferometer, and JPL’s cryogenically-cooled HOT-BIRD FPA technology. Launch is scheduled for no earlier than October 2020. The value of HyTI to Earth scientists will be demonstrated via on-board processing of the raw instrument data to generate L1 and L2 products, with a focus on rapid delivery of data regarding volcanic degassing, land surface temperature, and precision agriculture metrics.
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Robert Wright, Miguel Nunes, Paul Lucey, Luke Flynn, Sarath Gunapala, David Ting, Sir Rafol, Alexander Soibel, Chiara Ferrari-Wong, Andrea Gabrieli, and Prasad Thenabail "HYTI: thermal hyperspectral imaging from a CubeSat platform", Proc. SPIE 11131, CubeSats and SmallSats for Remote Sensing III, 111310G (30 August 2019);

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