SSI is designing a new class of hyperspectral imager (HSI) specifically optimized for CubeSat testbed implementation (C-HSI) based on the robust, very spaceworthy monolithic SHS. Sensing platforms can extract maximum information from target scenes by acquiring high-resolution imagery in simultaneous spatial and spectral dimensions.
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An HSI acquires multi-wavelength 2-D spatial images by orienting a slit aperture orthogonal to the vehicle velocity vector in a push broom configuration. Distribution of multiple HSIs on a fleet of CubeSats can provide global coverage unavailable with single satellite orbital platforms and provide a novel architecture for multiwavelength target discrimination and 3-D target reconstruction.