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SDSU students among NASA award winners

Posted: Monday, Mar 3rd, 2014

SDSU electrical engineering graduate students Jacob Brinkman, left, and Frank Pesta pose in the SDSU Image Processing Lab, where they worked on cross-calibration for the Landsat 8 global imaging satellite. They are part of a team that won a NASA award for their work and are the first SDSU students to be so honored. 

• Brinkman, Pesta only grad students on the list, inclusion is ‘unprecedented’

BROOKINGS – Orbiting 440 miles above Earth, the Landsat 8 remote sensing satellite takes continuous pictures of the globe that become scientific gold mines for researchers studying global land cover and land use changes, producing 550 images per day or 160,000 images in its first year.

But getting accurate images from the unmanned satellite is no simple process.

It involves detectors, algorithms, sensors, imagers and members of the South Dakota State University Image Processing Lab.

The lab’s function is to verify that the images received are indeed accurate images of what is being photographed and to ensure that the images coming from Landsat 8 are comparable with the images from the previous seven satellites.

For the complete article see the 03-03-2014 issue.

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