Imaging spectral signature satellite instrument for the real-time identification of ground scenes with a dedicated spectral signature

Uula Kantojärvi, Heikki Saari, Kai Viherkanto, Esko Herrala, Bernd Harnisch

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    With hyperspectral pushbroom imaging spectrometers on Earth observation satellites it is possible to detect and identify dedicated ground pixels by their spectral signature. Conventional time consuming on-ground processing performs this selection by processing the measured hyperspectral data cube of the image. The Imaging Spectral Signature Instrument (ISSI) concept combines an optical on-board processing of the hyperspectral data cube with a thresholding algorithm, to identify pixels with a pre-defined and programmable spectral signature, such as water, forest and minerals, in the ground swath. The Imaging Spectral Signature Instrument consists of an imaging telescope, which images an object line on the entrance slit of a first imaging spectrometer, which disperses each pixel of the object line into its spectral content and images the hyperspectral image on the spatial light modulator. This spatial light modulator will be programmed with a spatial transmission or reflection behavior, which is constant along the spatial pixels and along the spectral pixels identical to a filter vector that corresponds to the spectral signature of the searched specific feature. A second inverted spectrometer reimages the by the first spectrometer dispersed and by the spatial light modulator transmitted or reflected flux into a line of pixels. In case the spectral content of the ground scene is identical to the searched signature, the flux traversing or reflecting the spatial light modulator will be maximum. The related pixel can be identified in the final image as a high signal by a threshold discriminator. A component test setup consists of an imaging lens, two Imspector [trademark] spectrographs, a spatial light modulator, which is a programmable transmissible liquid crystal display and a CCD sensor as a detector. A mathematical model was developed for the instrument and its performance was evaluated in order to compare different concept variations. All components were measured and characterized individually, and the results were used in the simulations. Performance was then analyzed by means of radiometric throughput and spatial and spectral resolutions. The simulations were performed at wavelengths of 450 nm to 900 nm. The throughput was found to be between 1% and 4.5%. (7 refs.)
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOptical Sensing Technology and Applications
    PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
    ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-6713-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Congress on Optics and Optoelectronics: Optical Sensing Technology and Applications - Prague, Czech Republic
    Duration: 16 Apr 200718 Apr 2007

    Publication series

    SeriesProceedings of SPIE


    ConferenceInternational Congress on Optics and Optoelectronics
    Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


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