Teledyne Brown Engineering Space-based Hyperspectral Data Significantly Improving Cripple Gold Deposit Geology Analysis


​​June 10, 2021 - Huntsville, AL - Teledyne Brown Engineering is providing space-based hyperspectral data to Front Range Community College students participating in remote se​nsing classes associated with their Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Geospatial Science.

Front Range Community College (FRCC) will be using the data from DESIS to analyze the alteration mineralogy at the Cripple Creek gold deposit in Colorado (as well as other applications). The Cripple Creek deposit site was chosen based on the success of a previous FRCC student project. That project generated significant interest when the results were presented to the geology community (both academic and industrial) at the Symposium on Gold and Silver Deposits in Colorado at the Colorado School of Mines.

The use of DESIS data will greatly improve FRCC's ability to analyze the complex geology of the site. The remote sensing courses taught in the Geographic Information System (GIS) program at FRCC allow students to use a wide variety of platforms, sensors, and data types throughout their course study in preparation for their BAS in Geospatial Science.

"The addition of DESIS data to our remote sensing classes gives our GIS students a great opportunity to work on projects with real-world applications," said FRCC GIS Instructor Peter Price. "Our students have tremendously varied experience and interests. We want our project-based learning to show them the broad range of uses for remote-sensing analysis, and to help them develop the knowledge and skills essential for their success outside the classroom. DESIS hyperspectral data is current, and the global coverage of the imagery overcomes the limitations of earlier hyperspectral acquisitions. We are extremely grateful for Teledyne Brown Engineering’s support of our program and our students."

The imagery received will have been acquired using the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS), a hyperspectral imager on the International Space Station (ISS). The imager is the first payload hosted aboard the Teledyne Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) platform.

"We are proud to be promoting the advancement of students in geospatial sciences," stated Jan Hess, President of Teledyne Brown Engineering. "We feel that this area of study will become increasingly important as we continue to study the earth and its ever-changing conditions."

DESIS is a hyperspectral sensor system with 235 narrow bands across the visible through near-infrared spectral region. The instrument was developed in collaboration with Teledyne Brown Engineering to maximize efficiency and function aboard the MUSES platform on the ISS. With near-continuous coverage at an altitude approximately 250 miles above the Earth, the DESIS instrument is currently being used to broaden our knowledge about agriculture, climate change, geology, and water ecosystems.

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