19 September 2016 HawkEye: CubeSat SeaWiFS update
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The SeaHawk 3U CubeSat program is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of San Francisco, and managed by John Morrison of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNC-W). Cloudland Instruments is developing HawkEye for SeaHawk. HawkEye is a multispectral ocean color imager of SeaWiFS quality with 120 meter nadir resolution from an orbit altitude of 540 km to provide observation of sub-mesoscale variability for insights into poorly understood mixing dynamics. 120 meter imagery improves ability, relative to SeaWiFS 1km resolution, to monitor fjords, estuaries, coral reefs and other near-shore environments where anthropogenic stresses are often most acute and where there are considerable security and commercial interests. The optics, filters, and arrays comprise a cube 10 cm on a side to fit a 3U CubeSat manufactured by ClydeSpace of Glasgow Scotland, and provide a 350 km swath cross-track.
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Carl Schueler, Carl Schueler, Alan Holmes, Alan Holmes, "HawkEye: CubeSat SeaWiFS update", Proc. SPIE 9978, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing, 99780H (19 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237374; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2237374
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