Integrated Remote Imaging System - UltraViolet

PI: Charles Hibbitts, John Boldt (Co-I), Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab

Because remote sensing from outside a space vehicle is expected to enable new science measurements, researchers are developing the Integrated Remote Imaging System – Ultraviolet (IRIS-UV) to operate in an external space environment. Mounted on a launch vehicle’s booster, IRIS-UV is designed to sense when the capsule has separated from the propulsion module, power itself on, and then gather spectral data of atmospheric brightness and transmission in UV. Temperature, vibration/acceleration, and contamination data will help researchers determine the suitability of the external access location.

Technology Areas (?)
  • TA08 Science Instruments, Observations and Sensor Systems
Problem Statement

Information provided by IRIS-UV will be instrumental to understanding the range of measurements practical from suborbital platforms, including requisite solar elongation for daytime observations from altitude. Measurements and analysis from this demonstration will be used to characterize the amount and distribution of solar illumination scattered by the atmosphere throughout flight.

Technology Maturation

In demonstrating remote sensing from an external payload on a commercial suborbital platform, the technology’s ending TRL is anticipated to be 7.

This work is a continuation of previous flight testing under T0217.

Future Customers

Planetary science and astronomy
Earth science
Instrument development
Mission planning and development

Flight Experiment Objectives


Payload Description


Payload Performance


Technology Maturation Progress


Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    TechFlights19 (Oct 2019)
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    Successful FOP Flights
  • 0 sRLV

Development Team

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