SES WORLD SKIES, US Government Solutions has delivered the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) sensor assembly to satellite manufacturer, Orbital Sciences Corporation.
The sensor will be installed on SES-2, an SES WORLD SKIES communications satellite currently in production.
The arrival of the sensor developed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) represents an important milestone for Air Force Space and Missile Systems Centre (SMC) in their objective to test the potential of wide field-of-view, staring infrared sensors for a range of Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) missions.
The CHIRP sensor features a telescope that can view a quarter of the earth from geosynchronous orbit. The CHIRP sensor is equipped with a four megapixel focal plane array manufactured by Teledyne that is sensitive in both short wave and medium wave infrared.
SES WORLD SKIES expects the launch window for this mission to open in the second half of 2011.