Pursuing Advanced Infrared Remote-Sensing
Concepts and Techniques
The Remote Sensing Department (RSD) is concerned with all aspects of passive imagery and spectroscopy of natural and artificial sources, primarily in the infrared (IR). Major areas of effort include IR science and instrumentation, plume signatures and chemistry, hyperspectral data analysis and instrument development, and remote-sensing data fusion.
Aerospace is heavily involved in the analysis of both present and future IR-detection systems for the U.S. government, as well as the analysis of data from these systems.
Our team of experts uses our remote-sensing modeling and analysis facility to understand and predict emissions from space dust and plasmas, atmospheric constituents, and rocket exhaust products. At the center of Aerospace’s work is our in-house suite of state-of-the-art, custom IR and optical imagers and spectrographs that are used for a broad range of field observations. These observations support rocket plume characterization, stellar calibration, space situational awareness, and astronomical and aeronomical research. Our laboratory also includes agile remote-sensing suites for measuring realtime physics and chemistry.