BIRD satellite validation

Updated 2002-02-21

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) Bi-spectral Infrared Detection (BIRD) small satellite is a technology demonstrator of new infrared push-broom sensors dedicated to recognition and quantitative characterisation of thermal processes on the Earth surface. BIRD was successfully piggy-back launched on October 22, 2001 with an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C3) into a circular sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 572 km and a North - South local equator crossing time at 10:30 h. Besides cameras working in the visible and near infrared spectral range there are two cameras working in the middle infrared (MIR, 3.4 – 4.2 µm) and in the thermal spectral range (TIR, 8.5 – 9.3 µm) respectively. The objective is to validate these two cameras in cooperation with the Koldewey-Station in Ny-Ålesund. Therefore meteorological and aerological data as well as radiation measuring data will be used.

Time frame

Project time span
2001 - 2002
Data collection
2001 - 2002
Data processing
2001 - 2002
Data reporting
2001 - 2002

Contact information

Contact person
Klaus Brieß
DLR, Institut für Weltraumsensorik und Planetenerkundung Rutherfordstr. 2 D-12489 Berlin Germany
+49 30 670 55538
+49 30 670 55532
Other project contacts
Maria von Schönermark,

Parameters and Media

Not specified


Regions studied
Koldewey Station, Ny-Ålesund/Spitsbergen

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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