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Air Force STAMPEDE program to develop sensor chips for satellites

U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry to develop high-performance, radiation-hardened medium wavelength infrared (MWIR) sensor chip arrays (SCA) that can operate at high operating temperatures for persistent-surveillance satellites. The initiative, of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the Superlattice Technology Arrays for Midwave Photon Excited Detector Enhancement (STAMPEDE) program, which seeks to develop rad-hard infrared sensor chip arrays suitable for space intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. The goal is to demonstrate high-temperature MWIR sensor chips capable of operating at 130 Kelvin or higher to detect low to moderate photon irradiances.

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