SWIRup image sensors will complement visible light image sensors in high-resolution earth observation missions (e.g. vegetation / greenhouse gas monitoring).

Schematic diagram of a satellite dedicated to gas monitoring
Detection range of SWIRup image sensors

At present, image sensors for upper band of shortwave infrared require cryogenic cooling to 150 – 210 K (-125 to -65˚C). The cryogenic cooling contributes significant additional volume to the optical payload of the satellite.

SWIRup is developing image sensors that do not require cryogenic cooling. This will allow SWIRUp image sensors to achieve miniaturisation and reduced power consumption.

SWIRup is developing image sensors that do not require cryogenic cooling.

Airborne hyperspectral image of urban foliage using Norsk Elektro Optikk AS HySpex VNIR-1800