AF deploys infrared staring sensor via commercial launch

SES Government Solutions, Orbital Sciences and Science Applications International have teamed with the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to launch a new infrared surveillance sensor into orbit via an SES-2 commercial satellite, said Orbital Sciences Sept. 22.

The Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload sensor will enable the Air Force to view a quarter of the Earth via a wide-field-of- view fixed telescope that can monitor one-quarter of the Earth from geosynchronous orbit.

The infrared sensor will be used to provide persistent infrared surveillance for such activities as early warning of missile launches, reports Military and Aerospace Electronics.

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