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Instrument details
Acronym HRPC
Full name High-Resolution Panchromatic Camera
Purpose High-resolution land and vegetation observation
Short description Panchromatic, 0.50-0.80 µm. SNR 26 @ 22 W m-2 sr-1 ?m-1 for low signals, or 47 @ 282 W m-2 sr-1 ?m-1 for high signals
Background Flown on CBERS-2B (2007-2010)
Scanning Technique Pushbroom, swath 27 km
Resolution 2.7 m
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in 4 months
Mass 131 kg Power 113 W Data Rate 432 Mbps (uncompressed), ~ 60 Mbps (compressed)


Providing Agency CAST
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 2007 to 2010-05-16
Last update: 2017-03-28
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • High resolution optical imager
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Fire fractional cover
Secondary mission objectives
  • Glacier cover
  • Sea-ice cover
  • Snow cover
Opportunity objectives
  • Cloud cover
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Cloud cover5 - marginalInfrequent coverage.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel
Fire fractional cover1 - primaryCloud sensitive.. Infrequent coverage.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel with high resolution, for fire boundary detection
Glacier cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Long time for mapping.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel with high resolution, for glacier boundary detection
Sea-ice cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel
Snow cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Infrequent coverage.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel