J32.3 HawkEye Ocean Color Instrument—Performance Summary (Invited Presentation)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018: 2:30 PM
Room 9AB (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Alan Holmes, Cloudland Instrument, LLC, Goleta, CA; and J. M. Morrison, G. Feldman, and F. Patt

Hawkeye is an ocean color instrument that is part of the SeaHawk satellite developed for SOCON, the Sustained Ocean Color Observations using Nanosatellites program funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and managed by the University of North Carolina – Wilmington (UNC-W). HawkEye has spectral characteristics similar to SeaWiFS, but with 8 times greater resolution and a smaller field of view more appropriate for lakes, rivers, and near-shore terrestrial environments. With a volume of only 10 X 10 X 10 cm (a CubeSat 1U), it can produce 8 bands of image data in a single pass, each with resolution of 1800 x 6000 pixels, with a ground resolution of 120 meters per pixel. This paper will present a short summary of instrument design, the spacecraft interface, and “lessons learned” during this effort. Scientists considering using linear arrays in a pushbroom mode for remote sensing will find this useful. Much of the discussion will center on optical performance, such as flat field calibration, polarization effects, stray light, out-of-band response, and exposure linearity. Images from field tests will be shown.
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