An Overview

  • Pamela Elizabeth Clark
  • Michael Lee Rilee


Remote sensing is a multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary endeavor to acquire information from remote targets, via ground-based, orbital, aerial, or remote in situ sensors, involving the following tasks, shown schematically in Figure 1.1:
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    developing a mission and designing a spacecraft and/or instruments to operate within the constraints of that mission to characterize a target remote from the investigator in the context of its surrounding environment.

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    using instrument(s) to detect, acquire, and calibrate data from selected regions of the electromagnetic spectrum being produced at the target.

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    transmitting data collected and encoded on an electromagnetic carrier signal, then receiving and decoding the signal at the investigator’s location, requiring knowledge of the spacecraft position and instrument orientation relative to the target.

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    analyzing and interpreting data potentially involving statistical analysis, mapping, and field work as well as sample analysis to provide ground truth or reference.

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    archiving and managing the data thus obtained for scientific and public users.



Remote Sensing Black Body Radiation Deep Space Spacecraft Position Functional Definition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics Department NASA/GSFC Code 695.0Catholic University of AmericaGreenbeltUSA
  2. 2.Rilee Systems Technologies LLCHerndonUSA

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