Commercially Hosted Infrared Program

The CHIRP program was originated as a risk reduction effort to increase the technology readiness level of a wide field-of-view (WFOV) IR sensor as a hosted payload in the GEO orbit. CHIRP was launched September 21, 2011 on an SES commercial communications satellite built by Orbital Sciences Corporation and was on orbit for 27 months. CHIRP was successful in proving that commercially hosted payloads are a viable option for Government missions and accomplished all of its mission goals. CHIRP collected over 300 terabytes of data that was used to analyze over 200 infrared events.

For the CHIRP program, SDL performed the calibration and environmental testing (thermal balance, vibration, and EMI) of the CHIRP payload.