BackForwardInstrument:  HRPC-2 

Instrument details
Acronym HRPC-2
Full name High-Resolution Panchromatic Camera - 2
Purpose High-resolution land and vegetation observation
Short description Panchromatic, 0.50-0.80 µm. SNR 26 @ 22 W m-2 sr-1 μm-1 for low signals, or 47 @ 282 W m-2 sr-1 μm-1 for high signals
Background Evolution of HRPC flown on CBERS-2B
Scanning Technique Pushbroom, two parallel cameras, swath 27 km each for a total of 54 km
Resolution 2.36 m
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in 45 days
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency CAST
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2012 to 2019
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 4
  • GNSS radio occultation (commercial)
  • High-resolution optical observation constellation (commercial)
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