Fire­BIRD mis­sion

The Soyuz launch vehicle carrying TET-1 after launch on 22 July 2012

The Soyuz launch ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing TET-1 af­ter launch on 22 Ju­ly 2012

July 22, 2012  On 22 Ju­ly 2012 at 08:41:39 CEST, the first small Ger­man satel­lite in the ‘On-Or­bit-Ver­i­fi­ca­tion’ (OOV) pro­gramme was car­ried in­to or­bit from the Cos­mod­rome in Baikonur, Kaza­khstan by a Rus­sian Soyuz launch ve­hi­cle. TET-1 is a tech­nol­o­gy testbed with 11 ex­per­i­ments on board that will be op­er­at­ed in space for a year.


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Image 1/3, Credit: DLR
TET-1: Fire watch from Earth orbit

TET-1: Fire watch from Earth or­bit

May 30, 2016  Artist im­pres­sion of the first of the two satel­lites in the Fire­BIRD mis­sion,. To­geth­er with BIROS, as part of their joint Fire­BIRD mis­sion, it has been in or­bit since June 2016.


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Image 2/3, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
Time series images from TET and MODIS

Time se­ries im­ages from TET and MODIS

October 30, 2015  Time se­ries im­ages can help to iden­ti­fy the source of a fire and to es­ti­mate its po­ten­tial spread. These im­ages show the dis­tri­bu­tion of peat fires across the Se­ban­gau Na­tion­al Park on Bor­neo over a pe­ri­od of three weeks. Im­ages ac­quired by the DLR satel­lite TET are shown at the top and the im­ages ac­quired us­ing NASA’s MODIS in­stru­ment are shown be­low.


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Image 3/3, Credit: TET satellite-image DLR/RSS; MODIS satellite-image NASA/Worldview

The FireBIRD mission uses the two TET-1 (Technologie-Erprobungsträger 1;Technology Experiment Carrier 1) and BIROS (Bi-spectral InfraRed Optical System) satellites to detect high temperature events on Earth’s surface. They can also precisely capture small, low energy events thanks to the sensitivity of the sensors and the high precision and resolution.

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