Past Missions

The HYTHIRM team was formed in 2007 in order to obtain a single infrared image of the Space Shuttle during hypersonic reentry into the atmosphere. The team deployed for the STS-119 flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, the first of what became seven Space Shuttle reentry imaging missions, observation of the SpaceX Dragon Capsule reentry on it’s first flight, and a continuing series of new missions as the project evolved into the newly named SCI-FLI, or Scientifically Calibrated In-Flight Imagery.

Collage of graphics of the HYTHIRM team in action and examples of thermal imagery taken by team assets
Early history of the HYTHIRM project, starting with the need for better flight data based on the experiences of requiring a spacewalk to remove a gap filler on STS-114.