First miniaturized hyperspectral camera in space

HyperScout is the first miniaturized camera enabling hyperspectral earth inspection from a nanosatellite. It is a unique combination of breakthrough technologies in the fields of optics, sensors, spectral filtering, hybrid computing and tailored algorithms. This makes HyperScout ideal for institutional and commercial parties who rely on operational remote sensing from space.

HyperScout is based on a long line of development led by cosine. The project to develop, build and launch the first HyperScout 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 volume of HyperScout is only 1,5 liters, yet it enables complex measurements with a large field of view. This can be achieved in a large number of spectral bands, from the visible to near infrared, with a large amount of pixels. It is the first miniaturized hyperspectral camera with onboard brain power.

HyperScout can collect data for:

* crop water management

* fire hazard monitoring

* flood detection

* land use: change detection

* vegetation monitoring

HyperScout has a plug and play telescope: ready to use right after manufacturing, no alignment needed. HyperScout is designed for large constellations, but can also be used on a single satellite. The more HyperScouts in orbit, the less time in between passes and the more frequent the updates of the targeted area. The frequency of the data depends on the configuration. For example, with 12 to 16 satellites it is possible to either cover the Netherlands twice an hour, Europe once an hour, or the world twice a day.

HyperScout 1 is currently in space, on board the European Space Agency’s GomX-4B nanosatellite, collecting hyperspectral data. This data is periodically downlinked to Earth, for analysis by cosine scientists and engineers.

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