The FireBird mission is a two-satellite constellation mission. The primary mission goal is the monitoring of high temperature events on Earth (e.g. forest fires) through high-resolution IR-sensors.
The space segment consists of two spacecrafts: TET (Technology Experimental Platform) and BIROS (Berlin InfraRed Optical System). TET is in a polar orbit since July 2012 and already successfully completed its initial technology mission. BIROS will be additionally equipped with a propulsion system for active orbit control and is to be launched in the second quarter of 2015. Both satellites are equipped with a multi-spectral camera system
as primary payload.
Furthermore the BIROS satellite serves as a validation platform for new technology experiments, such as autonomous vision approach navigation, high torque wheels for enhanced spacecraft agility, optical space-to-ground link for high data rates, autonomous mission planning as well as image analysis onboard a spacecraft.
The German Space Operations Center (GSOC) provides the mission operations in all mission phases. GSOC is responsible for spacecraft control and monitoring, mission planning, orbit and attitude determination and control, identification and handling of anomalies, providing spacecraft telemetry to external users as well as training and simulation for the flight operations team.