Accurate Mars surface characterization will be important for Mars exploration. It should be noted that, for Earth observations, there are imagers that are similar to the above instruments for Mars. For example, the Worldview-3 imager collects high resolution visible and short-wave infrared (SWIR) images at sub-meter resolution whereas the NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), NOAA's Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), etc. are collecting low resolution (hundreds of meters) multispectral images. For some future hyperspectral imagers like the NASA HyspIRI with hundreds of bands as shown in website: http://hyspiri.jpl.nasa.gov/science, the spatial resolution is only about 30 meters. It will be good to fuse the high resolution Worldview images with MODIS, AVHRR, and HyspIRI images to yield high resolution in both spatial and spectral domains. Consequently, many applications, including urban monitoring, vegetation monitoring, fire and flood damage assessment, etc., will benefit from the high spatial and high spectral resolution images.
Our proposed surface characterization system can be used for military surveillance and reconnaissance and civilian applications such as border patrol, coastal monitoring, vegetation monitoring, urban development monitoring, etc. The combined market can be over 5 million dollars over the next decade. The market size is based on an estimated of users of 5,000 and a unit price of $1,000 per software.