R-VIFIS is a portable and versatile photographic perspective imaging spectrometer system operating in the 350-2500nm solar reflective spectral range. It can be either pointing nadir or oblique for 3D HSI measurement or pointing up and down with various angles for non-imaging atmospheric environment spectral measurement. Its NASA applications include: 1) A NASA needed small (<30lbs) hyperspectral imager in a 350-2500nm spectral range with a SNR>300; 2) Instrument support for NASA's airborne science missions, particularly those utilizing the SIERRA-class, Dragon Eye and aerostats; 3) In situ imaging and/or non-imaging hyperspectral measurements of surface/water/atmospheric reflectance, absorption, and scattering aboard surface vehicles, hovercraft, and portable drone flyers; 4) In situ remote environmental irradiance measurements including the sun, the moon, and multi-angle atmosphere scattering; 5) Space-enhanced and deployed on Lunar/Planetary surface landers/rovers or orbital platforms for surface spectral reflective mapping to identify and/or quantify potential lunar/planetary resources; and 6) In situ biogeochemical measurements of marine and aquatic components and production rates, including but not limited to, nutrients, phytoplankton, and floating and submerged aquatic plants.
R-VIFIS is a miniaturized, easily-deployable, camera-like hyperspectral instrument operating in a 350-2500nm range with a wide range of interchangeable photographic lens support for focused HSI and defocused non-imaging spectral measurements. Its potential non-NASA commercial applications include: 1) High sensitivity HSI aerial mapping, change detection, chemical detection required by US Army Geospatial Research Lab(GRL) & Federal Geospatial Agencies; 2) it is particularly suited to be integrated in to a long range wide area covering Gimbal system aboard stationary or slow motion LTA platform, such as aerostat and airship, for persistent surveillance applications; 3) A portable, versatile, tripod-mountable, low-cost, and easy-to-user HSI device for science, environment monitoring, food processing, mining, forestry, and agriculture; 4) A camera-like hyperspectral instrument for various industrial inspection and high-end security applications; and 5) Data source with its unique 3D photographic HSI information advantages for multidisciplinary big data GIS.