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CaNOP (Canopy Near-IR Observing Project) is a science Investigation mission by the Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin to develop a 3U CubeSat-based remote sensing platform for performing multispectral imaging of global forests to help understand large-scale biomass production and carbon uptake in both mature and harvested forests.

The CaNOP science mission is to obtain medium-resolution images of global forest canopies with spectral resolution of 10 nm across the visible and near-infra-red. These data will be used to compute spectral ratios such as NDVI to infer carbon content in both old-growth and harvested forests.

CaNOP was selected in 2016 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Contractors: Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Clyde Space (structure)
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: ~4 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CaNOP - 202x with ?


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