Thermal Hyper-Spectral Remote Sensing Mission

One of the first design iterations of HawaiiSat-1's satellite
One of the first design iterations of HawaiiSat-1’s satellite
UPDATE 2015-10-27:
The launch date has slipped. Possible launch dates now are  Nov 1 or 2.
UPDATE 2015-10-26:
Please visit this page for more information on the orbit and beacon frequencies for HiakaSat:
The HawaiiSat-1 mission aims to demonstrate the Hawai`i Space Flight Laboratory’s ability to design, launch, and operate satellites. This supports the Office of Responsive Space (ORS) office activities, as well as supports research objectives of the University of Hawaii. The Hawai`iSat-1 mission includes a 55kg (~121 lbs) low-Earth orbiting satellite, named ‘HiakaSat’, which will be the platform for demonstrating a DARPA-funded UH-developed long wave infrared hyper-spectral imaging system. In addition, the satellite will be outfitted with two color cameras to provide wide and narrow view images of the Earth.


The HawaiiSat-1 mission aims to achieve the following objectives:
» Demonstrate a cost effective on-orbit platform for performing technology demonstrations
» Perform remote sensing with the newly designed space ultra-compact hyper-spectral imager (SUCHI)
» Perform imaging with two HSFL color cameras which are co-aligned with SUCHI
» Provide workforce development opportunities for students and recent graduates
» Further develop infrastructure for sustainable satellite development, integration and test, and operations

Workforce Development

HSFL HawaiiSat-1 Critical Design Review Team
Incorporating the efforts from UH students as early as 2003, this mission is the evolution of the largest satellite workforce development effort that HSFL and the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium have jointly taken on. The underlying philosophy has been to “build the team to run the missions”. From the time this mission concept was launched in 2009, over 30 students and interns were directly involved in the design and fabrication of the spacecraft itself, as well as more than 20 additional UH students who worked on supporting projects to analyze and test spacecraft components.  Many of our students have since graduated, and have become an important part of our post-graduate workforce development fellowship programs.

Hyper-Spectral Imaging Payload

Developed by the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, SUCHI’s hyper-spectral imaging technology produces images like the one shown here. Each pixel from the SUCHI payload will contain over 250 data points to create a series of infrared intensities for wavelengths between 8.5 to 13 microns. Information from the intensity versus wavelength can be used to identify materials, and specific wavelengths can reveal what can’t be seen by the naked eye. This important demonstration will validate this exciting new hyper-spectral imaging technology for future missions.


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