Evaluation Product : Multispectral Thermal Imager (MTI)
2000.10.01 — 2003.05.02
The Multispectral Thermal Imager is a space-based research and development project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nonproliferation and National Security. MTI's primary objective is to demonstrate advanced multispectral and thermal imaging, image processing, and associated technologies that could be used in future systems for detecting and characterizing facilities producing weapons of mass destruction. However, ARM and the MTI have an arrangement that allows ARM to receive MTI images.
The MTI system consists of a single satellite in polar orbit (580 km) carrying an advanced multispectral and thermal imaging sensor. MTI's 15 spectral bands are selected to collect data needed to derive a broad range of information on facilities and activities, including surface temperatures, materials, water quality, and vegetation health. To enhance accuracy, additional bands provide simultaneous information on atmospheric water vapor, aerosol content, and sub-visual cloud presence.
Alice Cialella (631) 344-3286