14 December 2016 Space activity and programs at Sofradir
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SOFRADIR is one of the leading companies involved in the development and manufacturing of infrared detectors for space applications. As a matter of fact, SOFRADIR is involved in many space programs from visible up to VLWIR spectral ranges. These programs concern operational missions for earth imagery, meteorology and also scientific missions for universe exploration. One of the last space detectors available at SOFRADIR is a visible – SWIR detector named Next Generation Panchromatic Detector (NGP) which is well adapted for hyperspectral, imagery and spectroscopy applications. In parallel of this new space detector, numerous programs are currently running for different kind of missions: meteorology (MTG), Copernicus with the Sentinel detectors series, Metop-SG system (3MI), Mars exploration (Mamiss, etc….)… In this paper, we present the last developments made for space activity and in particular the NGP detector. We will also present the space applications using this detector and show appropriateness of its use to answer space programs specifications, as for example those of Sentinel-5.
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A. Bouakka-Manesse, N. Jamin, A. Delannoy, B. Fièque, C. Leroy, P. Pidancier, L. Vial, P. Chorier, N. Péré Laperne, "Space activity and programs at Sofradir", Proc. SPIE 10000, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XX, 100000N (14 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2241789; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2241789
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