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Optical Remote Sensing Payloads, from Design to Flight Test

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 466

Special Issue Editors

1. Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 101101, China
2. CGSTL (Chang Guang Satellite Co., Ltd.), Changchun 130032, China
Interests: spaceborne cameras development; ultra-compact high resolution remote sensing; advanced optical design
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Centre Spatial de Liège and Department of Space Instrumentation, University of Liège, 4031 Liège, Belgium
Interests: engineering physics; aeronautical engineering; aerospace engineering; thermal engineering; engineering thermodynamics
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Department of Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Interests: micro satellite and micro high precision attitude measurement sensor; micro and nano measurement technology
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National Satellite Meteorological Center Beijing, Beijing 101101, China
Interests: calibration; infrared, measurement; astrophotography; space sciences; earth observation; atmosphere satellite; cloud instruments; remote sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of optical remote sensing systems has a long history; however, with the progress of materials, processing, detection technology, and sensor technology, new optical remote sensing systems continue to emerge. The rich application scenarios are also constantly promoting the technical progress of new optical remote sensors. Particularly in recent years, miniaturized UAVs and micro-nano satellites are being applied to operational remote sensing services, which establishes new requirements for the cost performance, power consumption, size, and weight of optical remote sensing systems. This generates new challenges for the entitre process of remote sensing system development, from design to flight tests.

This Special Issue aims to optimize the design and flight testing of different optical remote sensing systems. This includes decomposition from the breakdown analysis of top requirements, system optimization and performance testing, ground and in-flight calibration, system performance verification, flight test methods and results analysis, lessons learned, etc. The types of remote sensing systems include high resolution, multispectral, hyperspectral, infrared, etc. The platform types are not limited.

Articles may address, but are not limited, the following topics:

  • Advanced high-resolution systems
  • Multispectral and Hyperspectral systems
  • Ultraviolet and Infrared remote sensing systems
  • Atmospheric composition observation remote sensing systems
  • Laser ranging and LiDAR systems
  • Stereo mapping remote sensing systems
  • Polarization remote sensing systems
  • Interferometric remote sensing system
  • Next-generation remote sensing systems

Dr. Xing Zhong
Prof. Pierre Rochus
Prof. Dr. Fei Xing
Prof. Dr. Xiuqing Hu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • optical remote sensing systems
  • remote system design
  • remote system optimization
  • performance analysis
  • calibration
  • verification
  • flight test

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