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A low-power and high-precision miniaturized digital sun sensor
Author(s): B. M. de Boer; M. Durkut
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Paper Abstract

A prototype miniaturized digital sun sensor (miniDSS) was developed by TNO. It is expected to be launched on QuadSat for in-orbit demonstration. The single-chip sun sensor comprises an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) on which an active pixel sensor (APS), read-out and processing circuitry as well as communication circuitry are combined. The sun sensor consumes only 65 mW, has a volume of 69x52x14 mm3 and a mass of just 72 grams. Although the miniDSS is a miniaturized and low-power device, the accuracy is not compromised by this. The uncalibrated accuracy is in the order of a few hundreds of a degree, across the field of view of 102°x102°. The sensor is albedo insensitive.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8876, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VII, 88760F (24 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023292
Show Author Affiliations
B. M. de Boer, TNO (Netherlands)
M. Durkut, TNO (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8876:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VII
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona, Editor(s)

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