2020 Volume 18 Issue 5 Pages 186-191
Nano/microsatellites play a significant role in Earth observation with the emerging constellation of high spatial resolution satellites. However, there are technological limitations in their spectral resolution. In this paper, we present an overview of a high spatial resolution multispectral sensor, the High-Precision Telescope (HPT), which was developed originally for the RISING-2 microsatellite and subsequently improved for the Rapid International Scientific Experiment Satellite (RISESAT) microsatellite. The HPTs were also installed on the DIWATA-1 and DIWATA-2 microsatellites, but they are different from those in the RISING-2 and RISESAT microsatellites in terms of number of spectral bands. The HPT on the RISESAT has the largest number of spectral bands in a series of the high spatial resolution multispectral sensors. The RISESAT was successfully launched by the Epsilon-4 launch vehicle on 18 January 2019. The preliminary results obtained in the commissioning phase of the operation demonstrate the expected performance of the HPT.