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European New Space: Netherlands’ ISISpace Selected By University Of Hawaii To Build 6U CubeSat

A model of the ISISpace HyTI Hyperctral Thermal Imager. Photograph courtesy of ISISpace.

Innovative Solutions in Space was selected by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) to realize their 6U platform. ISISpace and HSFL will work closely on the design for this challenging mission. ISISpace will provide the platform while the payload integration and flight preparation will be completed by HSFL.

The platform, called HyTI – Hyperspectral Thermal Imager, will demonstrate how high spectral (25 bands) and spatial resolution (60 metres) thermal infrared image data can be acquired from a 6U CubeSat.

The mission will test several novel technologies including an interferometric imaging approach for acquiring the spectral data, and NASA/JPL’s Barrier InfraRed Detector technology.

In addition to the HSFL and ISIS, the team includes the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, West Coast Solutions, Quest Unlimited, American Infrared (AIRS), SaraniaSat, and New England Optical Systems (NEOS). The project received funding from NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office InVEST program.

“We are very pleased to be collaborating with ISISpace on this exciting mission, and look forward to combining our innovative approach to acquiring high spectral resolution thermal data with their innovative solutions to spacecraft design, fabrication, and integration”, said Robert Wright, Interim Director of HIGP, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and PI of the HyTI mission.

Abe Bonnema, Marketing Director at ISISpace added: “We are honored to have been selected to build the platform for the Hawaii Spaceflight Laboratory based on our expertise and innovative approach. We look forward to deliver the platform for their prestigious NASA-funded mission.”

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