The High Resolution Mid-Infrared Spectrometer (HIRMES) is a SOFIA facility instrument that is designed for use by the general astronomical community in support of a wide-range of exoplanet, planetary science, and astrophysics investigations. It is on track for delivery to Armstrong Flight Research Center during December 2020 to begin flight acceptance testing. HIRMES offers slit spectroscopy with background-limited sensitivity over the 25-122 micron spectrum at 105 < R < 600, and imaging spectroscopy at R ~ 2000 over a 100x100 arc-sec FOV. This talk will review the science themes that guide the engineering development of HIRMES and its current integration and test status.
HIRMES Capability and Status