26 September 2016 Big capabilities in small packages: hyperspectral imaging from a compact platform
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We present the Compact Holographic Aberration-corrected Platform (CHAP) instrument, designed and developed at Planetary Resources Development Corporation. By combining a dispersive element with the secondary of a telescope, we are able to produce a relatively long focal length with moderate dispersion at the focal plane. This design enables us to build a capable hyperspectral imaging instrument within the size constraints of the Cubesat form-factor. The advantages of our design revolves around its simplicity: there are only two optical elements, producing both a white light and diffracted image. With the use of a replicated grating, we can produce a long focal length hyperspectral imager at a price point far below other spaceflight instruments. The design is scalable for larger platforms and since it has no transmitting optics and only two reflective surfaces could be designed to function at any desired wavelength. Our system will be capable of spectral imaging across the 400 to 900 nm spectral range for use in small body surveys.
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Matthew Beasley, Hannah Goldberg, Christopher Voorhees, Peter Illsley, "Big capabilities in small packages: hyperspectral imaging from a compact platform", Proc. SPIE 9978, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing, 99780G (26 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238206; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2238206
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