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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - HSC (SAC-D/Aquarius) -
Full Name High Sensitivity Camera Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies CONAE Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Side-looking
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Constrained Access Data Format Geotif
Measurements and Applications High Sensitivity Camera (HSC) measures top of atmosphere radiance in the VIS spectral range measured by a high sensitivity sensor detects: urban lights, electric storms, polar regions, snow cover, forest fires, sea surveillance.
Resolution Summary 200 - 300 m
[Best Resolution: 200m]
Swath Summary 1600 km
[Max Swath: 1600 km]
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary PAN (VIR-NIR): 450 - 900 nm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Lightning DetectionLightning detection 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
Instrument Missions
SAC-D/Aquarius - SAC-D/Aquarius (2011 - 2015)
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