Sofradir develops large format VIS-SWIR detector for space missions

Sofradir has announced the availability of NGP 1k2, a ready-to-deploy visible to short wave infrared (SWIR) detector designed as part of a research and development contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Sofradir has announced the availability of NGP 1k2, a ready-to-deploy visible to short wave infrared (SWIR) detector designed as part of a research and development contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).

The NGP (Next-Generation Panchromatic) large format sensor features an HgCdTe 1024 x 1024 pixel array with a 15 µm x 15 µm pixel pitch that is sensitive from visible to SWIR (from 0.35 µm to 2.5 µm). It provides imaging capabilities for image spectrometers and other observation instruments used in space, providing scientists with the ability to identify and characterize chemical phenomena.

In addition, the detector features a ready-to-deploy format, which shortens its space mission preparation time and provides flexibility if users need to tailor it to a specific waveband. NGP 1k2 is suitable for use in deep space science, Earth monitoring, agricultural surveillance, or spectrometry applications. The ESA selected the NGP detector for the SENTINEL-5 mission, which is planned for launch in 2021, in which the Earth’s atmosphere will be observed from a polar orbit.

Approximately 70 Sofradir detectors have been delivered in the past ten years, including: Helios II (Earth observation) and Spirale (early warning system) military satellites, as well as the Venus Express scientific probe (SPICAV / SOIR instrument - Spectrometry for Investigation of Characteristics of the Atmosphere of Venus / Solar Occultation IR-).

View the Sofradir press release.

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