The introduction to Chinese Polar Observation Microsatellite

Theme 3. Meteorological Cooperation
Session Name 3.1 Opportunities and challenges of remote sensing techniques to meet current and future needs for monitoring the Arctic
Datetime Sep 07, 2018 02:40 PM - 02:55 PM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Fengming Hui (Beijing Normal University, China), Xiao Cheng (Beijing Normal University, China), Xuying Liu (Beijing Normal University, China), Zhuoqi Chen (Beijing Normal University, China)
Abstract text

The Chinese polar observation microsat, called BNU-1, is being jointly developed by Beijing Normal University (BNU), China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and Shenzhen Aerospace Dongfanghong Development Ltd. It is the first small satellite developed by a Chinese university to study the polar climate and for environmental monitoring. Weighing about 20 kilograms, BNU-1 will be launched in December 2018. The main sensor is a multispectral camera with 5 bands (blue, green, red, near-infrared and panchromatic) with the resolution of about 80m and the swath of 780km. With this camera, BNU-1 will monitor the Polar Regions between 60-80 degrees every 5 days, and the data will provide more details on the rapid changes of Arctic and Antarctica. BNU-1 will also carry a high-resolution camera and an AIS receiver onboard. BNU-1 will enhance the observations in Polar Regions, and the data will be widely employed to study the rapid change of Arctic and Antarctica.

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