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HyperScout is a hyperspectral camera made to fit satellites the size of a shoebox. It records images of what happens on Earth in many more colors than a human eye can distinguish.

HyperScout is suitable when compactness and rapid cost-constrained development are mission drivers. High revisit times (sub-daily) at a global scale are achieved with the deployment of a limited number of units. This way it is possible to observe phenomena with a high speed of change as well as delivery of the processed information and coordinates in quasi-real time. Among many possible applications are the monitoring of natural disasters such as floods, forest fires, desertification, ice detection and monitoring, crop monitoring, change detection and classification.

In 2018 the first HyperScout 1 in space demonstrated that processing spectral imagery is possible while in orbit (without data downlink) and that changing and fine-tuning the camera’s intelligence with the newest algorithms made available by the brightest scientists on Earth can be a recurrent and safe action. In 2020 the first HyperScout 2 in space demonstrated for the first time that not only visible and near-infrared hyperspectral bands, but also thermal bands and artificial intelligence hardware can be integrated into an instrument on a nanosatellite.

HyperScout 1 is developed by cosine (NL) under GSTP contract with ESA TEC MMO, with the support of VITO NV (BE) and S&T AS (NO). HyperScout 2 is developed by cosine (NL) with the support of ESA and NSO, with FSSCat consortium partners DEIMOS Engenharia (PT), Technical University of Catalonia-BarcelonaTech (ES), Golbriak Space (ET) and Tyvak International (IT) and Ф-sat-1 consortium partners University of Pisa (IT), Sinergise (SI) and Ubotica (IE).

The HyperScout family

HyperScout 1

VNIR spectral range, 200 km swath and on-board processing.
First unit launched in 2018.
Available for order.

HyperScout 2

VNIR + TIR spectral range, 300 km swath and on-board AI processing. First unit launched in 2020.
Available for order.

HyperScout M

VNIR spectral range, 300 km swath and AI accelerated in only 1 dm3.
Available for order.



Fully fledged hyperspectral camera
that fits in a shoebox

Artificial Intelligence

Smart data processing on board
saves on download bandwidth

Wide field of view

Capture more data with a swath of
up to 300 km

Early warning

Set your parameters to receive
real-time warnings

Short revisit times

Several visits per day possible
with multiple HyperScouts

Data fusion

Combine Sentinel-2 calibration and spatial resolution with HyperScout spectral resolution and revisit time

Low cost

A constellation of HyperScouts
for the price of one large instrument

Fast delivery

Off the shelf in weeks or
customized to your needs in 3 months

Application examples


HyperScout can be configured to identify algae. This contributes to the detection of harmful algal blooms, which affect the quality of drinking water and habitats for wildlife.

This image shows coral reefs near Lucinda, a coastal town in Queensland, Australia, as seen by HyperScout in October 2020.

Copyright: cosine


HyperScout can be used to monitor indicators of the condition of vegetation over wide geographic areas, which is a prerequisite for environmental decision-making.

This image shows the province Flevoland, the Netherlands, as seen by HyperScout in November 2020.

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HyperScout can be configured to monitor crop water requirement. This enables farmers to better manage water for irrigation.

This image shows agricultural fields in the Ceylanpinar region, Turkey, as seen by HyperScout in November 2018.

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HyperScout can monitor how flooded areas develop over time, with a high temporal resolution.

This image shows the coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba, Saudi Arabia, as seen by HyperScout in October 2020.

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HyperScout can be used for change detection. Applications vary from water and soil pollution to deforestation, for example the monitoring of water basins to assess the level of desertification.

This image shows Moffet Field, California, USA, as seen by HyperScout in November 2020.

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Your options

Do you want to know how HyperScout can support your business? Here are a few starting points. Contact us for more information or request an offer using the button below, describing your application and your preferred starting point.

Your own HyperScout

Buy a standard HyperScout or we build you a customized HyperScout to fit your application needs.

New HyperScout observation data

We schedule dedicated observations using one or more HyperScouts already in orbit.

Existing HyperScout data

We extract data from earlier HyperScout observations and help you retrieve the information you need.

Fully analyzed HyperScout data

From HyperScout acquisition to data analysis: we provide you with the information you need.