The development effort of this program will directly result in a novel uncooled IR imaging sensor with unprecedented low costs, higher resolution, high sensitivity, low mass, and low power consumption to meet NASA's planetary exploration projects' requirements. Especially, because of its low mass, low power consumption, it also has wide applications at NASA for space research in Earth science, heliophysics science, astrophysics, and remote sensing.
The proposed IR imaging sensor features unprecedented low costs, high resolution, high sensitivity, low mass, and low power consumption. Therefore, this IR imaging sensors could be used in various military and commercial applications similar to persistent surveillance including law enforcement, building, installation, airport and seaport security, building inspection, and nighttime emergency response situations. The thermal imaging market value is billion-dollar now and is expected to be fast-growing. Especially, because of its relatively low cost, the proposed IR imaging sensor may also find themselves in many industrial sectors.