BackForwardInstrument:  PAN (SJ-9) 

Instrument details
Acronym PAN (SJ-9)
Full name Panchromatic imager
Purpose High resolution land observation
Short description Panchromatic imager, range 0.45-0.89 µm
Background Consolidate technology
Scanning Technique Pushbroom, swath 30 km
Resolution 2.5 m at s.s.p.
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in 3 months
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency CAST
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2013 to 2022
Last update: 2022-07-18
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 1
  • High-resolution multi-spectral VIS/IR imagers
  • High-resolution multi-spectral VIS/IR imager
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