Status update on the NEO Surveyor detector development

Gregory R. Zengilowski, Andre F. Wong, Selmer Wong, Amy K. Mainzer, Sean Carey, Ian Diaz Vachier, Meghan Dorn, Peter R. Eisenhardt, Mark Farris, Christopher T. Horne, Molly Janasik, Donald Lee, Jessica Maiten, Franco Masci, Craig McMurtry, Jianmei Pan, James Peterson, Judith Pipher, Nick Reilly, Lennon ReinhartMichael E. Ressler, Kristin Ringhand, Jason Surace

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NEO Surveyor is a NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office mission designed to detect and track >2/3 of potentially hazardous asteroids >140 m in diameter during its 5-year prime mission. NEO Surveyor entered Phase B in June 2021 and is scheduled to launch in 2026 to survey the sky in two infrared bands. The infrared detectors are a key technology for the mission and have been the subject of focused development for more than a decade. In this paper, we report test results for recently produced detectors and describe design elements of the focal plane module relevant to operations for NEO Surveyor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationX-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy X
EditorsAndrew D. Holland, James Beletic
ISBN (Electronic)9781510653634
StatePublished - 2022
EventX-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy X 2022 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 17 2022Jul 20 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceX-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy X 2022


  • H2RG
  • LWIR
  • MWIR
  • NEO Surveyor
  • Planetary Defense

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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