SAIC Completes Integrated Testing of Commercially-Hosted Infrared Payload for U.S. Air Force
MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced that the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), SES WORLD SKIES U.S. Government Solutions, Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital), and SAIC team recently completed the Commercially-Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) Integrated Sensor Functional Test.
This is the first test demonstrating the high-level functionality of the CHIRP sensor, operating through the Orbital Secondary Payload Interface (SPI), and commanded from the CHIRP Mission Analysis Center (CMAC) interface, located in Seal Beach, Calif. The CMAC monitored activities from Orbital as the team successfully passed test images through the system. The CHIRP sensor was delivered to Orbital by SAIC in July.
CHIRP utilizes a telescope that can view a quarter of the Earth from geosynchronous orbit, and is capable of high frame rate imaging in four specific spectral bands. The large format focal plane arrays accommodate a wide-field-of-view infrared staring system, and at the same time reduce cost and complexity.
Developed and delivered in less than two years, the CHIRP wide-field-of-view Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) system is the result of collaboration between the SMC, U.S. Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory, SES, Orbital and SAIC.
This is the first time a USAF payload is a secondary payload on a commercial mission, which reduces total system costs through the use of a previously-developed commercial satellite.
“The ongoing success of this program is proof-of-concept that a variety of government missions can be served by special purpose payloads hosted on commercial spacecraft,” said Stu Shea, SAIC group president. “The space-qualified payload enables our Air Force customer to field the required capability in a rapid-response fashion, and demonstrates that the acquisition process can acquire and field important space capabilities.”
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