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Air Force boosts infrared research

Feb. 6, 2014 - 02:09PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The Air Force is boosting its Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) research. The Space Based Infrared Program Office of the Space and Missile Systems Center has put out a request for information to develop an OPIR mission data processor (MDP) to support the 6-Degree Wide Field-of-View Testbed, which is scheduled to be launched into space in the third quarter of 2016. The MDP will be used to support the pre-launch readiness review.

The MDP must feature several capabilities:

■ Tuning line-of-sight algorithms for OPIR sensors.

■ Generate and track parameters, such as launch point and heading, with other OPIR systems such as Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites.

■ Visualize any fused data, such as position, weather and digital terrain information, between the infrared testbed and other OPIR systems.

■ Visualize 2-D imagery in real-time, including overlays of weather, terrain and other data.

■ Be capable of modifying and upgrading government-provided modular architecture components.

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