Teledyne wins $23 Million IR FPA contract for NASA’s WFIRST astronomy mission

Contract is for SWIR assemblies for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope Project at Goddard Space Flight Center

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IMAGE. ​The H4RG-10 focal plane array to be used in the WFIRST space telescope has 4096×4096 pixels, with 16.7 million pixels in each array. (Courtesy Teledyne Technologies)

NASA has awarded Teledyne Scientific & Imaging (Camarillo, CA) a contract for the short wave infrared (SWIR) sensor chip assembly (SCA) for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) project underway at the Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD). Parent company Teledyne Technologies (Thousand Oaks, CA; NYSE:TDY) said the contract is cost-plus-award-fee with a value of $23 million. Teledyne will produce 72 SWIR SCA devices for the WFIRST Space Flight Focal Plane Assembly.

WFIRST will use 18 of Teledyne’s H4RG-10 arrays in the focal plane assembly. With over 300 million pixels, it will be the largest infrared focal plane operating in space when it launches in the mid-2020s. WFIRST will have nearly 300 times as many pixels as there are in the infrared camera of the Hubble Space Telescope, enabling it to take images that have 100 times the field of view of Hubble. The large field of view enables WFIRST to survey large areas of the sky to measure the effects of dark matter and dark energy on the distribution of galaxies in the universe.

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The H4RG-10 infrared array is at a mature state, advanced to NASA technology readiness level 6 (TRL-6) during a 45-month development contract that commenced in 2014. TRL-6 is the level at which components are qualified for use in the harsh environment of space. In addition to the infrared arrays, Teledyne has a development contract with NASA for the visible light detectors that will be used in the coronograph instrument of WFIRST.

Source: Teledyne Technologies

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