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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - SumbandilaSat Imager -
Full Name SumbandilaSat Imager Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies SANSA, Uni of Stellenbosh Maturity Low Heritage
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Steerable viewing
Instrument Technology High resolution optical imager Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Primary payload (imager): Support decision making in natural resource management, disaster management, agriculture, urban planning and other applications.
Resolution Summary 6.25 m GSD
[Best Resolution: 6.25m]
Swath Summary Swath width : 45 km; Off-nadir: 530 km
[Max Swath: 530 km]
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Blue 440 - 510 nm, XAN 520 - 540 nm, Green 520 - 590 nm, Red 630 - 685 nm, RedEdge 690 - 730 nm, NIR 845 - 890 nm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
AerosolsVisibility 
Albedo and reflectancePhotosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) 
Fractionally absorbed PAR (FPAR) 
Earth surface albedo 
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsAtmospheric temperature (column/profile) 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Fire area 
Land surface imagery 
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving radiance 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
Iceberg fractional cover 
Glacier cover 
VegetationNormalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI) 
Leaf Area Index (LAI) 
Vegetation type 
Land cover 
Soil type 
Instrument Missions
SumbandilaSat - Sumbandila Satellite (2009 - 2012)
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