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MTI (P97-3)


The primary objective of MTI (Multispectral Thermal Imager) was to demonstrate advanced multispectral and thermal imaging, image processing, and associated technologies that could be used in future systems for detecting and characterizing facilities producing weapons of mass destruction using radiometrically accurate, high spatial resolution, multispectral imaging.

It carried a telescope collecting Earth images in 15 spectral bands (visible to long-wave infrared). This imaging device was built by Sandia National Laboratories with the telescope (three-mirror anastigmat optical assembly) built by Hughes Danbury Optical Systems and the focal plane array (three sensor chip assemblies with 12.5 and 50 m pixels, made of Si, InSb and HgCdTe) built by Hughes Research Laboratories.

Secondary payload was the High-energy X-ray Spectrometer (HXRS) sponsored by the NOAA's Space Environment Center and the Czech Republic's Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, and developed by Space Devices, Ltd. of the Czech Republic. This instrument observed solar flares and high-energy particle storms. This payload was also known under its STP designator S97-4.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Experimental
Operator: DoE, USAF STP (Space Test Program)
Contractors: Ball Aerospace
Equipment: Multiband imager, HXRS (S97-4)
Configuration: BCP-600
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 587 kg
Orbit: 574 km × 609 km, 97.4
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
MTI (P97-3) 2000-014A 12.03.2000 Va 576E Taurus-1110


  • Ball Aerospace: MTI
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