1. Home
  2. News Releases
  3. Back Issues
  4. December FY2019
  5. Hyperspectral Imager Suite (HISUI) Successfully Launched for Space Demonstration Tests

Hyperspectral Imager Suite (HISUI) Successfully Launched for Space Demonstration Tests

December 6, 2019

At 2:29 a.m. (Japan standard time), December 6 (Fri.), 2019, a hyperspectral imager suite, called “HISUI,” was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the United States, for the purpose of space demonstration tests. HISUI is an outcome of development conducted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). This sensor will be installed on the Japanese experiment module, called “Kibo,” of the International Space Station (ISS) and will start observation.

METI and the Japan Space Systems (J-spacesystems) have been advancing the development of a hyperspectral imager suite, called “HISUI,” for space demonstration tests to see if the sensor works in orbit on Kibo of the ISS and has been conducting ground tests of HISUI jointly with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

METI hereby announces that at 2:29 a.m. (Japan standard time), December 6 (Fri.), 2019, HISUI was successfully launched from US Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, being loaded on Falcon 9, a booster rocket in which Dragon is mounted, a cargo spacecraft that will carry HISUI to Kibo of the ISS.

HISUI will be installed on Kibo of the ISS and will start observation.

Overview of HISUI
HISUI is a hyperspectral imager suite for space demonstration tests. METI and the J-spacesystems developed the sensor mainly for remote exploration of oil and other resources. Through this project, METI aims to secure a stable supply of energy and resources to Japan. Compared to ASTER, the existing multispectral sensor, HISUI is capable of identifing terrestrial substances and other objects with higher accuracy.

photo
 

Division in Charge

Space Industry Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau