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Abstract: Geosat--Remote-Sensing Systems of Future

Frederick B. Henderson, III

The Geosat Committee Inc. was formed in 1976 and sponsored by 100 oil, gas, mineral, and engineering companies to provide input on remote sensing of geologic objectives and its applications.

The committee has studied and evaluated the applicability of the essentially agriculturally oriented LANDSAT program and has made recommendations for the purpose of implementing the LANDSAT program for realizable geologic objectives. These supplemental systems include (1) Stereosat--a free-flying, high "resolution" (16m × 19m I.F.O.V.), digital one-band (5 or 7), LANDSAT compatible satellite to be launched from shuttle for early worldwide stereoscopic coverage; (2) the inclusion of the 2.2µ band on LANDSAT D-to ratio with the 1.6µ band for maximum rock and soil discrimination; (3) the Large Format Camera (LFC)-for high resolution (10m) film stereoscopic coverage for geologic, cartographic, and other purposes; and (4) the synthetic aperture radars for the shuttle programs for sensing in areas of adverse weather.

The benefits and applicability of these systems have been presented to NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, other pertinent federal agencies, the Space Applications Board of the National Academy of Engineering, and the appropriate subcommittees of the Congress of the United States.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90967©1977 GCAGS and GC Section SEPM 27th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas