Brilliant Eyes Proof of Principle
The US Army Space & Strategic Defense Command selected SDL to perform early studies for Brilliant Eyes. Also known as the Space and Missile Tracking System, this program’s goal was to support Theater Missile Defense by providing the capability for world-wide tracking of ballistic missiles in flight from launch to re-entry.
Designed, built, and calibrated by SDL, BEPoP incorporated an imaging radiometer with three focal planes for collecting measurements at visible, LWIR, and VLWIR wavelengths. The sensor's modular design enabled upgrades in response to the evolving Brilliant Eyes design and incorporated the capability for operation with an external laser ranging system.
The BEPoP instrument successfully imaged space-based targets from the Firepond observatory in MA. The instrument also underwent subsequent testing to observe contrived scenes in a cryogenically-cooled vacuum chamber.