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A High Performance EO Small Satellite Platform & Optical Sensor Suite

Cutter, Mike, Davies, Philip, Baker, Adam and Sweeting, Martin (2007) A High Performance EO Small Satellite Platform & Optical Sensor Suite In: 2007 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium.


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This paper describes a new high performance cost effective Earth Observation Platform, the SSTL-300 and associated optical sensor suite, offering a 7-year mission lifetime with a very high operational availability, for a mission cost an order of magnitude less than commercial high resolution Earth observation spacecraft. The paper will detail the SSTL-300 main payload, a very high-resolution imager with panchromatic multispectral channels. The paper will also outline an additional payload, the Medium Resolution Imager (MRI), which offers the widest swath of any comparable Earth Observation spacecraft. Earth images can be geolocated with high accuracy without the need for ground control points. Simultaneous high- and medium-resolution imaging is possible, coupled with either on-board lossless data compression for store-and-forward operations or near real-time imaging & down-linking for a range of targets close to the ground station. The SSTL-300 offers a range of imaging modes, including: strip mapping, fast response scene capture and stereo imaging offering swath widths up to 60km at high-resolution. Details of the nominal (sun-synchronous) orbit for the SSTL-300 will be provided stressing the balance between single spacecraft and constellation (multiple cooperating spacecraft) performance. The latter requires an accurate and reliable, yet low cost propulsion system which SSTL has developed, but is commonly featured on low cost small spacecraft.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Surrey Space Centre
Authors :
Cutter, Mike
Davies, Philip
Baker, Adam
Date : 1 January 2007
DOI : 10.1109/IGARSS.2007.4423684
Additional Information : Cutter, M., Davies, P., Baker, A., & Sweeting, M. (2007). A High Performance EO Small Satellite Platform & Optical Sensor Suite. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp. 3851-3854. ©2007 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:46
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:03

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