From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2016
Global measurements of vertically resolved atmospheric wind profiles offer the potential for improved weather forecasts and superior predictions of atmospheric wind patterns. Harris’ HyperCube constellation of twelve 6U hyperspectral CubeSats can provide measurements of global tropospheric wind profiles from space at very low cost. It is a commercially funded enterprise in which the data from the satellites is provided to users on a subscription basis. This requires that the design of each satellite be optimized for minimum cost, yet with a reasonably long service life. This paper will focus on the design, operations, and projected performance of the HyperCube system.
Ronald Glumb, Michael Lapsley, Scott Luce, Jean-Philippe Déry, Deron Scott, and Tim Nielsen, "HyperCube: a hyperspectral CubeSat constellation for measurements of 3D winds," Proc. SPIE 9978, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing, 997805 (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 31, 2016; Published: 19 September 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2237796.
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