Instrumentation

HSFL in collaboration with HIGP and SOEST and has a diverse and experienced instrument-developing group for remote sensing and other applications.

Hyper-Spectral Imaging

SUCHI HSI Tech Demo

Hyper-spectral Imaging Product from SUCHI Base Technology

The Space Ultra-Compact Hyperspectral Imager (SUCHI) was developed by HIGP in collaboration with HSFL. Each pixel from the SUCHI payload contains over 250 data points to create a series of infrared intensities for wavelengths between 8.5 to 13 microns. Information from the intensity versus wavelength can be used to identify materials, and specific wavelengths can reveal what can’t be seen by the naked eye.

This instrument is the first version of the new hyperspectral imaging technology that has been hardened and spacecraft integrated for autonomous operation.

  • Spectrometer Type: Variable-gap Fabry-Perot Interferometer
  • Detector: 320×256 Pixel Microbolometer
  • Spectral Range: 8.5-13 microns

    Space Ultra Compact Hyperspectral Imager (SUCHI)

    SUCHI Payload: A) Main SUCHI Instrument Structure, B) SUCHI Instrument Internals

  • Spectral Resolution: 20 wavenumbers
  • Ground sample distance @ 400km: 230 meters
  • Swath width/length: 59km / 230km
  • Self-calibrating with temperature controlled blackbody shutters
  • IFOV/FOV: 1mrad/10 degrees
  • F-number: f/1.2

HSFL/Separation Imager Payload

In addition to co-registration of imagery, HIP was intended to take color pictures of the Earth, and SIP was intended to image the separation of the satellite from the launch vehicle.  Separation imagery was originally intended to verify the condition of the Super Strypi / SPARK launch vehicle’s 3rd stage, just before it deploys its 12 other satellite payloads.

  • 2x 5MP Color Cameras

    HIP-SIP-SUCHI

    Example Co-Registered Image from HIP, SIP, and SUCHI

  • Hardened for Launch Environment
  • Thermal Enhancements for Performance in Vacuum
  • Narrow FOV Lens Ground Sample Distance @ 400km: 33.9m
  • WideFOV Lens Ground Sample Distance @ 400km: 91.5m

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