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Rising-2 captured highest resolution image of Earth's surface

16 July 2014

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Microsatellite Rising-2 has succeeded in capturing high precision images of the Earth's surface. Using a High Precision Telescope (HPT), it has successfully taken colour images at a spatial resolution of 5m, the highest in the world among 50kg-class satellites.

Rising-2 is a microsatellite developed by Tohoku University and Hokkaido University. It was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, on 24 May 2014, and has been conducting various test operations. Dayside cloud imagery and night views of city lights and air glow have been acquired so far using a Wide Field-of-view CCD camera (WFC), and high resolution imaging experiments using HPT have recently started. On 2 July Rising-2 succeeded in shooting detailed landscape in sunny spells during the rainy season.

With an aim to conduct highly practical observations, operations to establish more accurate control of the satellite attitude are scheduled to be carried out. Rising-2 will also aim to obtain multispectral images with the world's first space liquid crystal tunable filter (LCTF) that allows wavelength-selection.

Source: Tohoku University

Image credit: Tohoku University / Hokkaido University - Minami-Uonuma City, Niigata, Japan

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