The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO): Sensor and Data Processing Overview
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEANOGRAPHY DIV
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The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean HICO is a new hyperspectral sensor that will be housed on the International Space Station ISS. The low-cost, rapid-development sensor was built by the Naval Research Laboratory NRL. NRL is also responsible for mission planning and operational data processing for this new sensor. HICO is sponsored and funded by the Office of Naval Research ONR within its Innovative Naval Prototype INP program. HICO is integrated and flown with support from and under the direction of the Department of Defense Space Test Program. HICO will be the first spaceborne hyperspectral sensor optimized for environmental characterization of both the coastal and open ocean. HICO samples the 350 to 1070 nanometer spectral range in 128 spectral channels and has a spatial ground sampling distance GSD of 100 meters. HICO is manifested for launch in September, 2009 once operational it will be used to routinely collect imagery of select coastal regions around the world.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy