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Benefits and Applications of Hyperspectral Imagery From the Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) provides a unique platform for imaging and earth looking data collection. The DESIS imaging spectrometer is located on the ISS and represents a leap forward with regard to sensor performance (e.g. signal to noise ratio), spatial coverage, and narrow spectral bands. DESIS is pointable via the Teledyne MUSES (Multiple User Module for Earth Sensing) module which can host other payloads onboard the ISS. The sensor has collected over 17m sq km of imagery in the last year and provides an amazing opportunity to collect hyperspectral data from parts of the world that have never had hyperspectral observations.

In this webinar, Amanda O’Connor, Director of Geospatial Solutions at Teledyne Brown Engineering, and Megan Gallagher, Solutions Engineer at L3Harris Geospatial will discuss:

  • The value of hyperspectral imagery
  • Details on DESIS specs and access
  • Applications of this imagery such as monitoring ocean plastics, vegetation, and water quality
  • The use of ENVI to analyze DESIS and other hyperspectral imagery

Download the slide deck from this webinar here. There were a lot of questions asked during the webinar. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to answer all of the questions during this one hour presentation. We compiled many of the questions into this Q&A sheet.