The primary proof-of-concept technology demonstration of this effort is the timely and accurate determination of a measurable quantity (such as rock type or vegetation health) as defined by a subject matter expert. An objective of the AISE project is to engage with more than two dozen SMEs to leverage unique aspects of the ISS platform/orbit to characterize terrestrial and marine environments globally. Specific studies include mapping the characteristics of: tropical rain forests; agricultural crops, forests, and rangeland areas; urban/developed areas; water resources; geologic features; maritime/littoral zones, wetlands and coral reefs; etc.Principal Investigator(s)
Surface Optics Corporation, San Diego, CA, United States
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory (NL)Research Benefits
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration
September 2013 - March 2014Expeditions Assigned
37/38Previous ISS Missions
The primary mission of the AISE project is to provide spectral image data to a broad spectrum of users/projects. The current list of interested AISE users include: commercial firms, universities, government research laboratories, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Talks with researchers at these institutions have identified preliminary applications-focused projects that range from conventional mapping efforts to specialized studies designed to exploit the variable sun-sensor geometry enabled by the orbit of the ISS to measure land surface roughness characteristics required to improve current Ecosystem models.
A second mission/objective of the project is to use SOCs realtime processing capabilities to overcome the ISS downlink bottleneck. We intend to derive data products/summaries to provide the user community with products that they need/require in a timely manner, without over loading the downlink. These initial cloud-screened products will include: browse imagery, standard color composites, and environmental monitoring metrics/maps such as vegetation indices. Hosting of new or improved algorithms can be implemented with subsequent builds of the system.
The mission has a clear commercial aspect. The conducted research activity will be sponsored by a commercial entity. SOC will establish on-orbit commerce engaging in marketing of space generated RS data for benefit of mining, agricultural and energy exploration companies.
None anticipated.Earth Applications
Studies include mapping the characteristics of: tropical rain forests; agricultural crops, forests, and rangeland areas; urban/developed areas; water resources; geologic features; maritime/littoral zones, wetlands and coral reefs; etc.
Occasional camera calibration and replacement of the solid state hard drives.Operational Protocols