Wide field-of-view infrared sensor
Orbital Sciences (satellite), SAIC (sensor)
SES Government Solutions is hosting an experimental U.S. Air Force sensor on an SES satellite operating over the United States. The CHIRP (Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload) Flight Demonstration Programflight demonstration program is currently testing a new type of infrared sensor from geosynchronous orbit. This sensor was integrated onto a commercial satellite and the data it receives is transmitted to a ground station for analysis. The sensor has a two-year design life. CHIRP was launched on September 21, 2011. Watch the launch here
This flight demonstration program illustrates how a commercial satellite operator can provide tremendous value to government customers looking for affordable access to space. SES Government Solutions will also provide the services to determine the utility of the sensor in terms of data, performance validation and interoperability.