In today’s interconnected world, satellites provide critical information affecting national well-being. Over the last few years, the nature of space-based observation has begun to shift along two important pathways. First, rapid advances in manufacturing technology are opening new prospects for low-cost constellations to improve temporal monitoring. Second, further developments in remote sensing technologies are creating the possibility for hyperspectral information.
Hyperspectral remote sensing collects a complete spectrum of data for each pixel, which in turn opens new avenues for geophysical interpretation of narrowband characteristics. Most features on Earth have characteristic responses along the electromagnetic spectrum and by parsing the spectrum into discrete blocks, we can precisely identify information in ways that were not possible with multispectral data. With this information, we can better monitor, understand, and predict the evolution of agriculture, forestry, marine resources, emergency management, and other fields. Combined, this will lead to a “Earth Science 2.0” revolution in observing capacity. This presentation will discuss how hyperspectral constellations can provide cutting edge information for nations and businesses. It will focus on next generation technologies, concepts, and plans for acquiring hyperspectral data from space, and what you need to do to be prepared to take advantage of this coming revolution.