The authors present a new experimental method for measurement of collision-free infrared radiative lifetimes for single quantum states of a vibrationally excited sample. This method provides a more direct route to the infrared Einstein A coefficients than has been previously possible. Results for NO(X (2) Pi upsilon=21 and upsilon=7) are presented. Comparison to results of ab initio calculations shows excellent agreement. A controversy regarding the relative intensities of first overtone and fundamental emission intensities in NO is laid to rest. The most complete least squares analysis of existing data was carried out to derive the electric dipole moment function (EDMF) to an accuracy of +/-0.02 D between 0.9 and 1.7 Angstrom.