13 October 2010 Remote sensing CubeSat
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Satellite images help in studying various phenomena related to earth's surface. The range of applications varies from agriculture, geology, coast and marine studies to urban development and environmental affairs. CubeSat projects belong to the category of small satellites named Pico Satellites. They have a relative superiority over higher order satellites such as Micro and Mini satellites in terms of their short development time, lower complexity, and most importantly less cost. We present here an overview on the ongoing project EgyCubeSat-1, a Pico satellite that has a camera as an optical payload with ground sample distance better than 100 meters, synchronous orbit, and low earth orbit in the range 600 ~ 700 Km. The key innovation is the development of costumed optics that fit in the compact allocated space and result in better resolution.
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Ayman A. Mahmoud, Tamer T. Elazhary, Amal Zaki, "Remote sensing CubeSat", Proc. SPIE 7826, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV, 78262I (13 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.865116; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.865116

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