POTENTIAL AND LIMITATIONS OF PHOTOMETRIC RECONSTRUCTION THROUGH A FLOCK OF DOVE CUBESATS
Keywords: Photometry, cubesats, topographic reconstruction, cryosphere, reflection retrieval
Abstract. When Earth observation satellite systems are designed, one typically prefers a sun-synchronous orbit. However, the first generations of cubesats from Planet were deployed out of the International Space Station (ISS) and therefore do not obey such an orbit. Their configuration samples at different local times within the mid-latitudes. Consequently, it is in theory possible to exploit photometric techniques and extract highly detailed topographic information. In this study we demonstrate and explore photometry based on Planet cubesat images for Tyndall glacier at the Southern Patagonian icefield, and Zhadang glacier situated on the Tibetan plateau.