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SCD Announced the Successful Launch to Space of its SWIR Sensor

15 April, 2019

 SCD announced the successful launch to space and operation of its Cardinal InGaAs SWIR (Short Wave Infrared) detector. The detector was integrated into a hyperspectral imager installed in the Hello World Nano satellite. The hyperspectral imager was developed by Finland based VTT Ltd. ( and the Nano satellite by Reaktor Space Lab Ltd. (

The imager provides infrared images that aid in providing solutions for monitoring and managing the effects of climate change and assist in predictions of natural disasters like forest fires.

The images from space received by the VTT imager are of excellent quality which is also the result of the high performance of the SCD InGaAs SWIR detector. This event adds to the growing list of space customers who are using SCD detectors and products of various types and technologies. 

According to Dan Slasky, SCD's CEO : “SCD is proud to be part of VTT’s nano satellite program with our Cardinal SWIR detector. The SCD SWIR product line has shown significant growth and the prospects forward show even more demand for the high performance, yet cost effective sensors. To date, the SCD Cardinal family of SWIR detectors have been implemented into Land, Naval and Airborne applications and now we can also add Space applications to our portfolio.”

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