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Nanosatellites applied to optical Earth observation: a review

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Gustavo Willy Nagel ; Evlyn Márcia Leão de Moraes Novo ; Milton Kampel
Total Authors: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Rev. Ambient. Água; v. 15, n. 3, p. -, 2020.

Abstract Nanosatellites and CubeSats were first developed for educational purposes. However, their low cost and short development cycle made nanosatellite constellations an affordable option for observing the Earth by remote sensing, increasing the frequency of high-resolution imagery, which is fundamental for studying and monitoring dynamic processes. In this sense, although still incipient, nanosatellite applications and proposed Earth observation missions are steadily growing in number and scientific fields. There are several initiatives from universities, space agencies and private companies to launch new nanosatellite missions. These initiatives are actively investigating new technologies to improve image quality and studying ways to increase acquisition frequency through the launch of larger constellations. So far, the private sector is leading the development of new missions, with proposals ranging from 12 to more than one thousand nanosatellite constellations. Furthermore, new nanosatellite missions have been proposed to tackle specific applications, such as natural disasters, or to test improvements on nanosatellite spatial, temporal and radiometric resolution. The unprecedented combination of high spatial and temporal resolution from nanosatellite constellations associated with improvement efforts in sensor quality is promising and may represent a trend to replace the era of large satellites for smaller and cheaper nanosatellites. This article first reports on the development and new nanosatellite missions of space agencies, universities and private companies. Then a systematic review of published articles using the most successful private constellation (PlanetScope and Doves) is presented and the principal papers are discussed. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/12083-1 - Balancing biodiversity conservation with development in Amazon wetlands - bonds
Grantee:Evlyn Márcia Leão de Moraes Novo
Support type: Regular Research Grants