SmartSat Cooperative Research Center (CRC) and cosine announced that the hyperspectral imaging camera, the HyperScout 2 Flight Model instrument, will be on board the South Australian state satellite and is now ready to be integrated into the spacecraft. spatial.

HyperScout 2 will be launched into space aboard the Kanyini satellite, a 6U CubeSat, as part of the SA Space Services mission and will provide critical data to government and non-government agencies. The launch of the satellite is part of South Australia’s Space Sector Strategy 2030 and is Australia’s first state-based satellite.

The HyperScout 2 is a three-in-one instrument that combines hyperspectral and thermal imaging with high-level data processing and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. It provides visible and near-infrared hyperspectral imagery to analyze the Earth’s composition, as well as three thermal infrared bands to retrieve temperature distribution, expanding and enhancing the number of Earth observation applications including cosine customers can benefit.

The South Australian government is investing $6.5 million in the SA Space Services mission. The SmartSat CRC is leading mission and application prototyping, with Adelaide-based satellite manufacturing company Inovor Technologies designing and building the satellite and South Australian space company Myriota under contract for Space Services Internet of Things (IoT). The data collected through the project is intended to support informed decision-making in the areas of water use, climate policy and disaster management.

Peter Nikoloff, Kanyini Mission Director at SmartSat, explains: “We needed a compact imaging payload that gave us a nuanced view of Earth. HyperScout 2’s spectral range enables extremely detailed analysis of land cover, supporting research into crop health, forests, inland. water and coasts. The thermal infrared imager will provide vital information on heat generators in South Australia. In parallel with the development phase, SmartSat is developing a research program with our partners to optimize the use of the systems once in orbit.”

Dr. Marco Esposito, Managing Director of cosine Remote Sensing, adds: “We have completed all activities required to deliver the HyperScout flight model, and we now look forward to supporting our customer through the next stages of the project. We are proud to provide the basic detection device for this high profile Australian mission.”

cosine made several design changes to HyperScout 2 early in the project to adapt the instrument to the reduced dimensions and volume available on the Kanyini satellite. The efforts of cosine’s team of experts made it possible to make all the necessary design modifications, as well as assemble the instrument, characterize its performance and test its resistance to environmental conditions in just 8 months. cosine delivered the engineering model to SmartSat within 3 months of project launch. The Proto-Flight model is now ready for final integration at the spacecraft level.

SmartSat CRC investigated the possibility of using hyperspectral data from Kanyini for crop classification as part of the UK/AUS Space Bridge collaboration for the research project Advancing the Benefits of Remote Sensing for Agriculture through Hyperspectral Processing . Other research groups are considering applications of the HyperScout 2 AI module onboard Kanyini for bushfire smoke detection, water quality monitoring, and advanced analytics for defense and security.

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