Adler IR Satellite

The Adler Planetarium is collaborating with Orbital Transports to build, launch, and operate a 3U CubeSat to demonstrate the ability to obtain Earth observation imagery in mid-infrared spectrum from low Earth orbit.  The primary science mission will map the global temperature of the Earth’s surface at a sufficient resolution to provide valuable data.  We plan to demonstrate the use of a cryocooled, high-definition mid-wavelength IR imaging system in a CubeSat form factor.  The Adler IR Satellite (AIRSAT) will be the focus of a public exhibit at the Adler Planetarium presenting the process and results of the mission.  Mission results will be shared through education and public outreach programs at the Adler.

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