Launch of Commercially Hosted Air Force Payload

On September 21, 2011, the Air Force’s Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) was successfully launched into orbit on an Ariane V rocket as part of the SES-2 communications satellite.

CHIRP is a pathfinder for commercially hosted government payloads as well as for wide field-of-view infrared staring technologies.

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