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The BIRD (Bispectral Infra-Red Detection) microsatellite is a technology demonstrator of new infrared push-broom sensors dedicated to recognition and quantitative characterisation of thermal processes on the Earth surface. It features a combination of visible and infra-red sensors:

  • two-channel infrared Hot SPOT Recognition Sensor system (HSRS)
  • Wide-Angle Optoelectronic Stereo Scanner (WAOSS-B).
Nation: Germany
Type / Application: Technology, Earth observation (infra-red)
Operator: DLR
Contractors: DLR
Equipment: HSRS, WAOSS-B
Configuration: box with 2 solar panels
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 92 kg
Orbit: 551 km × 580 km, 97.8
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BIRD 1 2001-049C 22.10.2001 Sr FLP PSLV-G (2) with TES, PROBA

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