Air Force IR Sensor Delivered for Hosting on SES Satellite

Posted: August 5, 2010 in Air Force, CHIRP, Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload, Government and Industry...Together!, Hosted IR Sensor, Hosted Sensor, Infrared, IR, Orbital Sciences, OSC, SAIC, SES, USAF

SAIC has delivered an infrared sensor for Air Force use that will be integrated into and hosted on the commercial SES-2 satellite.  The SES-2 satellite is being built by Orbital Sciences and will provide commercial communications services.

The short and medium wave infrared sensor gets a lower-cost ride to space than a dedicated IR satellite and could be on orbit as early as around this time in 2011.

Called CHIRP (the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload), the sensor assembly will provide wide field-of-view persistent infrared capabilities.

When the sensor is on-orbit, it will have a secure, two-way communication channel to the Air Force through a standard commercial telecommunication transponder.


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