30 October 2015 ASTER VNIR 15 years growth to the standard imaging radiometer in remote sensing
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The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer (VNIR) is the remote sensing equipment which has 3 spectral bands and one along-track stereoscopic band radiometer. ASTER VNIR’s planned long life design (more than 5 years) is successfully achieved. ASTER VNIR has been imaging the World-wide Earth surface multiband images and the Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM). VNIR data create detailed world-wide maps and change-detection of the earth surface as utilization transitions and topographical changes. ASTER VNIR’s geometric resolution is 15 meters; it is the highest spatial resolution instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft. Then, ASTER VNIR was planned for the geometrical basis map makers in Terra instruments. After 15-years VNIR growth to the standard map-maker for space remote-sensing. This paper presents VNIR’s feature items during 15-year operation as change-detection images , DEM and calibration result. VNIR observed the World-wide Earth images for biological, climatological, geological, and hydrological study, those successful work shows a way on space remote sensing instruments. Still more, VNIR 15 years observation data trend and onboard calibration trend data show several guide or support to follow-on instruments.
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Masaru Hiramatsu, Masaru Hiramatsu, Hitomi Inada, Hitomi Inada, Masakuni Kikuchi, Masakuni Kikuchi, Fumihiro Sakuma, Fumihiro Sakuma, } "ASTER VNIR 15 years growth to the standard imaging radiometer in remote sensing", Proc. SPIE 9639, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIX, 96390C (30 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2193080; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2193080

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