NGC-Built Hyperion Imager Celebrates Seventh Anniversary On-Orbit – Continues To Deliver Extraordinary Data

Launched aboard NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on Nov. 21, 2000, Hyperion has outlived its design life by 700 percent and continues to send scientists clear, detailed images of the Earth’s surface.

Hyperion has produced more than 35,000 images in the last seven years that have been used by science teams, commercial users and military users around the country. Hyperion has proven the value of space-based hyperspectral data for use in global land-cover studies, ecosystem monitoring, mineral and petroleum prospecting and agricultural crop discrimination and assessment, among other important applications.

“Hyperion demonstrates the technological excellence and outstanding reliability that’s a hallmark of our systems, spacecraft and sensors,” said David L. Ryan, vice president and general manager of Civil Systems Division for Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology sector. “Built as a rapid response program with a short turnaround from design to delivery, Hyperion has proven to be an extremely robust sensor.”

The data collected by Hyperion and the science team results will also be invaluable in future measurements and monitoring of the global carbon content, a critical element of global warming concerns.

“Hyperion has shown that hyperspectral data can be used effectively to monitor vegetation biomass, atmospheric carbon content, and carbon uptake of the oceans,” said Mark Folkman, director of Civil Sensor Systems for Northrop Grumman Space Technology. “We are currently developing an affordable follow-on to take improved hyperspectral images with partners NASA Ames Research Center and several universities through NASA’s Innovative Partners Program.”

(source: Northrop Grumman Corporation)

Author: EARSC

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