Near Field Infrared Experiment

NFIRE is a low-Earth orbiting satellite with an onboard Track Sensor Payload and TESAT Laser Communication Terminal. Contracted by the Missile Defense Agency, NFIRE was launched on April 24, 2007 from NASA’s Wallops Island, VA, space launch facility. The mission’s primary objective was to gather data on exhaust plumes from rockets to improve guidance and homing ability.

SDL provided calibration, testing, systems engineering, and hardware and ground support equipment interfaces for the NFIRE program.