Presenting SURPRISE

Earth Observation (EO) data

is increasingly important to our understanding of the planet and to how we address socio-environmental challenges. Currently, applications for data collection and handling are limited by long revisit time and low spatial resolution.

Thanks to the use of two disruptive technologies, spatial light modulators and compressive sensing, the EU-funded project SURPRISE will develop a demonstrator of a super-spectral EO payload (sensor) with enhanced capability in spatial resolution, on-board data processing and encryption functionalities.

By introducing for the first time the concept of a payload with medium spatial resolution and near continuous revisit – by the hour – SURPRISE can lead to a major EO breakthrough and complement existing operational services.

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