Hyperspectral Imager aboard Teledyne Platform Reaches Full Operational Capability


HUNTSVILLE, AL - September 30, 2019 -  The German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS-30) on board Teledyne Brown Engineering’s Multi User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) platform on the International Space Station (ISS) has reached Full Operational Capability (FOC).  DESIS-30, the result of a collaboration between Teledyne Brown Engineering and the German Aerospace Center, has been operational and collecting 10 nm spectral resolution hyperspectral imagery since late 2018.  The validation of the instrument calibration and performance has been completed and DESIS-30 is now able to process and deliver high-quality 2.55 nm hyperspectral imagery. 

“We have made amazing progress on this program in a very short amount of time,” stated Jan Hess, President of Teledyne Brown Engineering.  “The fact that we have achieved a spectral resolution of 2.55nm, is a monumental victory for DLR and Teledyne Brown Engineering, NASA and Earth Observation community.  We are ready to get this data into the hands of those that can use its finer spectral resolution to better understand the earth’s conditions and improve upon scientific research, commercial applications and humanitarian efforts.”

DESIS-30 has been successfully collecting imagery of the earth since November of 2018.   The platform can be tasked to specific areas of interest.  Additionally, the information can be ordered from the Teledyne Brown Engineering archive database.  The image catalog now contains around 10 million square kilometers of hyperspectral data.  As the ISS orbits the earth every 90 minutes, the opportunities for image acquisition are nearly limitless.  DESIS-30’s spectral resolution will provide increased capability to monitor the Earth’s oceans for environmental issues such as oil spills, sunken ships leaking fuel, plastic rafts, gas releases, debris, algae blooms and agricultural runoff. It can also be used for other applications such as agricultural management, humanitarian efforts, disaster recovery and climate change.  The DESIS-30 and MUSES pairing is ground breaking for next generation sensors that can cost-effectively provide hyperspectral coverage at different spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions, allowing us to use hyperspectral data in ways we never thought possible. 

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The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalization is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organization for one of Germany's largest project management agencies.