SCD Announces Successful Launch to Space of its SWIR Sensor

InGaAs SWIR detector (Photo: SCD)

Semi-Conductor Devices (SDC), a developer and manufacturer of cooled and uncooled infrared detectors and high-power laser diodes, announced the successful launch to space and operation of its Cardinal InGaAs SWIR (Short Wave Infrared) detector. The detector was integrated into a hyperspectral imager installed in the Hello World nano-satellite. The hyperspectral imager was developed by the Finland-based VTT, and the nano-satellite was developed by Reaktor Space Lab.

The imager provides infrared images that aid in providing solutions for monitoring and managing the effects of climate change and assist in predictions of natural disasters like forest fires.

The images from space received by the VTT imager are of excellent quality which is also the result of the high performance of the SCD InGaAs SWIR detector, the company said in a release, adding that this event adds to the growing list of space customers who are using SCD detectors and products of various types and technologies. 

“SCD is proud to be part of VTT’s nano-satellite program with our Cardinal SWIR detector,” said CEO Dan Slasky. “The SCD SWIR product line has shown significant growth and the prospects forward show even more demand for the high performance, yet cost effective sensors. To date, the SCD Cardinal family of SWIR detectors have been implemented into Land, Naval and Airborne applications and now we can also add Space applications to our portfolio.”