France, September 24, 2014: Sofradir, the leading French developer of infra red (IR) detectors, has introduced the the Next Generation Panchromatic detector (NGP), a 1024×1024 visible to short wavelength infrared (SWIR) Focal Plane Assembly.
NGP is the first European-made space-oriented megapixel array that space agencies can now consider for earth observation, earth monitoring, agriculture surveillance and even deep space studies.s
NGP’s 1k x 1k format is four times larger than existing Sofradir SATURN starring array IR product currently installed on observation satellites or spacecrafts.
Philippe Chorier, space department manager at Sofradir said, ""Sofradir is extremely proud to make the large format NGP 1024×1024 visible to SWIR detector available to our customers focusing on space applications."
The new IR detector has also been selected for the SENTINEL-5 Earth observation mission.