ISRO to develop full-fledged Earth observation satellite

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it plans to launch a full-fledged niche Earth observation (EO) satellite — called the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite or HySIS — using a critical chip it has developed.

Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite or HySIS

  • A new set of future satellites called hyperspectral imaging satellites is set to add teeth to the way India is gleaned from about 600 km in space.
  • Hyperspectral or hyspex imaging is said to be an EO trend that is being experimented globally.
  • It can be used for a range of activities from monitoring the environment, crops, looking for oil and minerals all the way up to military surveillance all of which need images that show a high level of differentiation of the object or scene.
  • ‘Hyspex’ imaging is said to enable distinct identification of objects, materials or processes on Earth by reading the spectrum for each pixel of a scene from space.

Source : The Hindu

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