The first HyperScout M instrument, a new model of the HyperScout series, has been assembled and tested in order to verify the instrument against the environmental conditions that the satellite will face during launch and in-orbit operations. The test was successful. The first flight model will be integrated into the spacecraft at the integrator’s premises in the next weeks.
HyperScout M was developed to further reduce the size of the outer envelope of the instrument, so that it fits exactly into one CubeSat unit. It also offers an improved spatial resolution. It combines these improvements with the ability to provide hyperspectral measurements and perform advanced onboard processing, like the other models, HyperScout 1 and 2. These models are already commercially available to the market and are currently flying in space.
“With HyperScout M we have further maximized the ratio between performance and volume, allowing our customers to dedicate more space to other equipment on 6U satellites, or even to integrate the hyperspectral instrument into smaller 3U platforms” says Marco Esposito, managing director of cosine Remote Sensing.
The first HyperScout M will be delivered to Airbus UK as part of the Prometheus 2 mission, partly funded and managed by the United Kingdom’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory [Dstl].