A multispectral imager built by FluxData, Inc., a leading manufacturer of multispectral systems, has successfully captured its first high-resolution image from space.  The western coastal region of Florida was imaged on June 10, 2011 from 250 miles above the earth by the International Space Station Agricultural Camera (ISSAC).

The imaging sensor assembly of ISSAC is based on FluxData’s FD-1665 3CCD Multispectral camera technology.  The system’s Green, Red and Near-infrared spectral response bands were selected to emulate those of the Landsat 7 satellite and provide many of the same benefits for vegetation and moisture discrimination, monitoring and identification.

Through University of North Dakota’s (UND) Imagery Request & Information System (IRIS), ISSAC will provide end-users the ability to use Google Earth browser plug-in to select specific geographical areas of interest and request the collection of imagery that will be downlinked, processed, and delivered within just 1 to 2 days.  The data and information ISSAC provides will be used for a wide range of activities including: nitrogen application maps to improve fertilizer use, agriculture management zone decision support systems to improve nutrient and invasive species management, and rangeland management tools to improve livestock allocation and evaluation.

Doug Olsen, Project Manager for ISSAC at UND, states, “This is a successful culmination of a decade-long program.  FluxData provided an upgraded sensor to UND’s specification that can image the Earth with significantly higher resolution than its predecessor. In fact, the system is capable of producing images on par with NASA’s LandSat satellites and is useful for not only farmers and agriculture producers, but can be applied to rapid-response imaging of natural disasters.”

Lawrence Taplin, CTO of FluxData, states, “We are pleased that the hard work we put into making improvements to the system’s optical and mechanical design to withstand the environmental rigors of a payload launch and meet requirements for in-station safety, electromagnetic interference, shock and vibration have paid off and the system has commenced operation.”

Pano Spiliotis, CEO of FluxData, said, “We are proud that our sensor technology has passed the rigors of a space launch and now can provide continuous images for research, educational and rapid response natural disaster uses.  The ISSAC program has been an important milestone for FluxData in that it has confirmed the performance of FluxData’s products and systems engineering capabilities. We look forward to future projects with academic, government and private companies on more of these challenging engineering programs.”

About ISSAC:
The International Space Station Agricultural Camera (ISSAC) is a multi-spectral imaging system mounted onboard the International Space Station in the US’s Destiny module inside the Window Observation Research Facility. The system is capable of high-temporal imaging (multi-week to multi-day) from the ISS which has the potential to dramatically increase temporal opportunities to obtain cloud-free images at spatial resolutions and wavelengths applicable to end-user analysis of in-field variability and vegetative conditions. ISSAC is expected to image for three growing seasons for farming applications as well as cater to a number of research partners conducting studies of glaciers, grasslands and various other topics. Collected images will be downlinked, processed and delivered to end-users within 24-48 hours of acquisition. The ISSAC project has employed more than 60 domestic and international UND students from disciplines such as engineering, aerospace, computer science, entrepreneurship and space studies in its more than 10-year history. For more information and to watch a video of ISSAC’s history and current operation, visit the ISSAC website at http://www.umac.org/issac and FluxData’s website, http://www.fluxdata.com/ISSAC

About FluxData, Inc.:
FluxData develops and manufactures multispectral and polarimetric imaging systems for aerospace, defense, surveillance, industrial, medical and scientific markets. FluxData is a privately held, women owned company located in Rochester, NY. FluxData’s imaging and system integration expertise helps guide customers from camera specification to delivery of the final system. Their staff of imaging experts works with customers to frame the problem, and deliver an optimized system based on a broad suite of options. Every product comes with FluxData’s commitment to first-rate customer support. For more information, please visit www.fluxdata.com

Contact: Pano Spiliotis, (800) 425-0176