From the incredible pictures of outer space taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to the digital images through a microscope, Fairchild Imaging sensors have been employed for virtually every high-performance imaging application.
Space based applications - We have a rich history of developing high performance imaging solutions for space imaging. Our sensors have captured breathtaking imagery of the solar systems on board the HST, crashed into the comet Temple 1 for NASA’s Deep Impact Program, have provided stunning earth imagery from the KompSat-3 satellite and have explored Saturn on board the Cassini mission. We also developed the imager for the Mars Pathfinder, also known as the IMP, which is a multi-spectral stereo imaging system which landed on Mars on July 4th 1997. The data returned from the IMP is helping scientists learn about the atmosphere, geology, and weather of Mars. In addition to space exploration, our sensors are the key components on many ground based telescopes used in the field of astronomy.
Aerial Reconnaissance Applications - From our founding days, we have been developing imaging solutions for aerial surveillance applications. This continues to hold true today with many of our high resolution sensors/ cameras being flown on aerial platforms worldwide for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (IRS) applications.
We also feature a number of off the shelf product offerings where high resolution, sensitivity, and dynamic range are characteristics necessary for the aerospace, defense, astronomy and ISR community.
Our currently available 2-D imaging arrays include:
We also offer a selection of high performance Time Delay Integration (TDI) type CCD sensors that are ideal in high altitude surveillance due to their varied widths, selectable stage numbers and their line rates. We can provide customized coatings or multi-sensor modules where several individual TDI CCDs are aligned on one substrate.
Our family of TDI imaging sensors: