The infrared sensor will test the potential of its WFOV capabilities for future OPIR missions for the Air Force.
The expanding missions in OPIR demonstrate the need for precise geolocation performance.
The strategic and theater components of the OPIR missile-warning requirements assess raid-counting accuracy and complete understanding of the boost-phase track as an imperative to quickly warn of and characterize an inbound attack to support responsive decision making.
Unlike the decision during the 1990s to transition from the DSP--the previous OPIR spacecraft used for missile-warning detection--to SBIRS, no stored DSP or SBIRS spacecraft are available to reduce operational hazards should acquisition delays, performance failures, or launch disasters delay successful new architectural deployments.
This circumstance appears very relevant to OPIR WFOV alternatives.
If augmentation is really intended to concentrate on enhancing resiliency of the most critical OPIR mission needs, then we should direct overall mission performance toward sustaining strategic and theater missile-warning capabilities through any contingency.
Clearly, the current demonstrated WFOV capabilities will not satisfy the full set of OPIR needs.
In the case of OPIR, the architectural implications of multisensory data integration and interleaving necessitate the testing of multi-WFOV sensors on-orbit to better comprehend the implications for data accuracy and fulfillment of the mission.
Figure 5 shows some of the future architectural options considered for the OPIR mission area and the assessment of how well those architectural options would meet our goals of delivering the required war-fighting capability while increasing the resiliency and affordability of the capability.
As with OPIR, we assessed how well the alternative architectural options would meet our goals of delivering the required war-fighting capability while increasing the resiliency and afford-ability of the capability.