As ground resolution starts to reach its limits, high geolocation accuracy is achieved on higher-mass satellites and revisit rates are significantly increased thanks to constellations, the logical next step forward for Earth Observation is likely to be spectral resolution.
In this article published in SpaceNews, Adam Keith, Affiliate Principal Advisor explores the future for hyperspectral services, from market potential to the technical obstacles that would need to be overcome.
[Excerpt] The Earth observation sector continues to evolve at a fast pace. Over the last five years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested to support the development of new commercial ventures. Most these funds have gone into two camps: low-cost constellations — both optical and synthetic aperture radar — to support data collection at high frequency; and data analytics companies aiming to take this data and develop information solutions.