New Infrared Sensor Technology

Client : Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales(CONAE) and the Canadian Space Agency
Industries: Space Industry, Environment
Technologies: Infrared Bolometer Detector

Spatial microbolometric radiometers - Technical specifications (407 ko)

Context

Over the years, INO has built a solid reputation in the field of infrared technology, particularly in the area of uncooled sensors. In 2007–2008, we took another step forward by positioning ourselves to take part in the SAC-D/AQUARIUS space mission. The purpose of this mission is to better observe, understand, and model global climate change. Our mission is to design and produce microbolometric sensors and radiometers in the medium and thermal infrared able to provide, from space, temperature data for the surface of the ocean and to monitor thermal events such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions.

  • The data provided is essential to predicting the mass of greenhouse gases generated by events like forest fires and volcanic eruptions
  • Illustration by Aquarius/SAC-D. Photo: NASA
  • Optical head of the NIRST radiometer
  • the optical specifications table

Solution

In collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency, we developed a radiometric infrared sensor capable of measuring the absolute temperature of the Earth’s surface via satellite. This sensor will be integrated into NIRST (New Infrared Sensor Technology) instrumentation jointly developed by the Argentine Space Agency (CONAE) and the Canadian Space Agency. Such data is essential to predicting the mass of greenhouse gases generated by events like forest fires and volcanic eruptions.

Furthermore

The sensors produced for the SAC-D/Aquarius mission will be the first uncooled linear sensors ever put into orbit.

NIRST for the SAC-D/Aquarius mission: an R&D contract exceeding $3 million for INO,

Argentina’s Comision National de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) selected INO to design and produce microbolometric sensors and radiometers that will be launched into orbit in 2010 as part of the international partnership space mission SAC-D/Aquarius. This R&D contract represents more than $3 million for INO.

Following a Canada-Argentina cooperative agreement, both space agencies called on INO’s expertise in the design and manufacture of uncooled microbolometric sensors and in system instrumentation. The satellite-based radiometers will meet the needs of both Argentine and Canadian scientists by providing them with temperature data for the surface of the ocean and for thermal events such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions.

INO is the global leader in development and production of infrared microbolometric sensors specifically designed for both space and earth applications. Through its contribution to the SAC-D/Aquarius mission, INO will acquire unique space know-how and heritage, a significant step in the marketing of its space technology.

In recent years, the work of CSA researchers under the Space Technology Research Program has contributed significantly to accelerating the development of microbolometer sensor technology at INO. INO’s technological development in this field has also benefited from the financial support provided by the Canadian Space Agency’s Space Technology Development Program.

About CSA

Established in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) coordinates all civil, space-related policies and programs on behalf of the Government of Canada. CSA directs its resources and activities through four key thrusts: Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, Satellite Communications, and Space Awareness and Learning. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of humanity.

www.asc-csa.gc.ca

About CONAE

Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) is a specialized state agency tasked with designing, developing, coordinating, and administering civil space programs on behalf of the Argentine government.

www.conae.gov.ar

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