Today, we’re excited to announce new details of our hyperspectral array, which is being brought to market through a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership with the Carbon Mapper Coalition. These future hyperspectral satellites will be named Tanager, a colorful and visually diverse family of birds in Central and South America, designed to deliver hyperspectral data at a resolution of up to 30 meters with more than 400 spectral bands.
In combination with our current medium (3–5 m resolution, Dove) and high resolution (<1 m resolution, SkySat and future Pelican) groups, the hyperspectral data provided by the Tanager satellites aim to complement and enhance our unprecedented data set. Tanager is a family of birds that, like our planet, are under threat if we do not take substantial, data-backed action to protect ecosystems and resources. By helping to identify the spectral "signatures" of chemicals, materials and processes around the world, hyperspectral data can reveal otherwise hidden trends and can fill intelligence gaps and reduce risk by exposing decision makers to these challenges.
Hyperspectral imaging provides a wide range of spectral insights because it splits the spectrum across many spectral bands, allowing analysts to review phenomena in many contrasting colors that typically exceed human visual perception. The goal of our Ultra Spectrum offering is to help clients uncover social, environmental and climate risks in unprecedented detail and demonstrate our commitment to preserving biodiversity and accelerating action on climate change as part of the Carbon Mapper Alliance. Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science will also play a key role in the Carbon Map mission to conduct additional scientific research on hyperspectral applications.
With plans to launch the first two Tanager satellites in 2023, hyperspectral data has huge potential to support applications in industries such as agriculture, defense, intelligence, energy, civil government, and mining. The Carbon Mapper Initiative arose from the need to use high-quality data to identify facility-wide point source sources of methane to support mitigation actions. As part of the coalition, we remain committed to the public benefit mission of identifying, measuring and tracking methane and carbon dioxide emissions from specific sources, while also leveraging other applications of the technology made possible by hyperspectral data to deliver additional value to its customers.
In addition to providing signatures of methane and carbon dioxide, our commercial hyperspectral offering looks to provide customers with data for dozens of applications and other environmental indicators needed to closely monitor the health of the planet. Devised by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the satellite’s hyperspectral sensing technology will provide up to 30-meter resolution, full-spectral shortwave infrared, and high-resolution 5 nm broadbands; This hyperspectral view is designed to help organizations understand changes on land and at sea, from coastal regions to forests to urban areas and more.
As influential leaders gather this week to discuss a range of topics from the impact of infrastructure and buildings on our environment to how the global food industries can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the importance of preserving and restoring Earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity – it’s more important than ever that companies innovate Governments implement effective policies. These parties need targeted, actionable information as quickly as possible and hyperspectral data can provide that important intelligence layer. Sign up to receive updates on Planet .’s ultra-spectrum commercial offer over here.
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