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Another HyperScout in orbit: a HyperScout M onboard the ISS for mission IMAGIN-e

There is one more HyperScout in the fleet of cosine’s hyperspectral imagers in orbit: a HyperScout M. It was successfully launched on Thursday 21 March 2024, by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida, onboard Thales Alenia Space‘s mission satellite as part of the IMAGIN-e mission. Docking with the International Space Station (ISS) occurred on Saturday 23 March 2024. From there, the HyperScout M will help collect Earth Observation data.

Thales Alenia Space, in collaboration with Microsoft, agreed to work together on remote sensing and on-orbit computing to address crucial challenges facing our planet’s sustainability. For this mission, a HyperScout M has been chosen as the high-performance Earth Observation sensor, to unlock new on-orbit climate data applications and gather unmatched Earth observation insights. The image processing capabilities embedded in our hyperspectral imager, in combination with its onboard computing hardware and an on-orbit application framework will enable unprecedented data processing for climate change applications.

Dr Nathan Vercruyssen, project manager at cosine, commented: “We are curious to see how different end-users will exploit our onboard low latency processing capabilities to develop and test new Earth Observation applications based on HyperScout data.”

The cosine team eagerly awaits the first hyperspectral images captured by HyperScout M from the ISS.

The Managing Director of cosine Remote Sensing, Dr Marco Esposito, expressed his pride: “The HyperScout family orbiting the Earth is growing thanks to the trust from our customers. We are very proud that our smart instruments are being used by powerful organizations such as Thales and Microsoft for honorable applications such as fighting against climate change.”

In 2024, this HyperScout M is the first to reach orbit, but there are several more scheduled for Earth observation and planetary science. Among them is a HyperScout 2, which will be launched as part of Australia’s top-level satellite mission Kanyini to observe the Earth. A HyperScout H will also be launched, onboard the Hera spacecraft which will fly to the asteroid Dimorphos. It will help analyze the asteroid’s composition, contributing to our understanding of asteroid deflection techniques for the benefit of humanity.

About HyperScout
The HyperScout line of instruments is developed by cosine and partners with support from the European Space Agency and the Netherlands Space Office. Find out more about it here.

The HyperScout M is the most compact version of cosine’s hyperspectral product line. It delivers exceptional capabilities while conserving valuable mass and volume. Its customizable operating modes, advanced image processing, and onboard data manipulation ensure optimal flexibility for both research and operational space programs.

The app-like upload environment, which allows the deployment of new algorithms and runs them in-orbit, will help to address the challenging mission constraints.


About cosine
cosine is a leading worldwide company in the development of space instrumentation, such as Silicon Pore Optics for astronomy and remote sensing solutions with onboard analytics for Earth Observation and planetary science. We combine physics and technology to bring out-of-the-box solutions to our clients. We have been developing and delivering innovative measurement systems for space and industrial applications since 1998. Our company operates 1,300 m² of cleanrooms and high-tech assembly facilities to build and test the systems we produce for customers at our headquarters in Sassenheim, The Netherlands.

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