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A multispectral imager built by FluxData Inc., a manufacturer of multispectral systems, has successfully captured its first high-resolution image from space. The western coastal region of Florida was imaged from 250 miles above the earth by the International Space Station Agricultural Camera (ISSAC).
The imaging sensor assembly of ISSAC is based on FluxData’s FD-1665 3CCD Multispectral camera technology. The system’s Green, Red and Near-infrared spectral response bands were selected to emulate those of the Landsat 7 satellite and provide many of the same benefits for vegetation and moisture discrimination, monitoring and identification.
“This is a successful culmination of a decade-long program,” says Doug Olsen, project manager for ISSAC at UND. “FluxData provided an upgraded sensor to UND’s specification that can image the Earth with significantly higher resolution than its predecessor. In fact, the system is capable of producing images on par with NASA’s LandSat satellites and is useful for not only farmers and agriculture producers, but can be applied to rapid-response imaging of natural disasters.”
Lawrence Taplin, CTO of FluxData, states, “We are pleased that the hard work we put into making improvements to the system’s optical and mechanical design to withstand the environmental rigors of a payload launch and meet requirements for in-station safety, electromagnetic interference, shock and vibration have paid off and the system has commenced operation.”
Pano Spiliotis, CEO of FluxData, said, “We are proud that our sensor technology has passed the rigors of a space launch and now can provide continuous images for research, educational and rapid response natural disaster uses. The ISSAC program has been an important milestone for FluxData in that it has confirmed the performance of FluxData’s products and systems engineering capabilities. We look forward to future projects with academic, government and private companies on more of these challenging engineering programs.”