BackForwardInstrument:  HRTC 

Instrument details
Acronym HRTC
Full name High Resolution Technological Camera
Purpose High-resolution land and vegetation monitoring
Short description Single VNIR channel (400-900 nm)
Background Consolidated technology
Scanning Technique Pushbroom.  Swath: 90 km pointable within a field of regard of 360 km
Resolution IFOV: 35 m
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in 30 days (one week with strategic pointing)
Mass 8.5 kg Power 10.5 W Data Rate


Providing Agency CONAE
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2001 to 2013
Last update: 2022-07-25
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • High resolution optical imager
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 1
  • Narrow-band or hyperspectral imagers
  • Hyperspectral imager (for vegetation)
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Fire fractional cover
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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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Cloud cover5 - marginalInfrequent coverage.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel
Fire fractional cover*2 - very highCloud 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
Snow cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Infrequent coverage.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel
Sea-ice cover5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.Panchromatic channel