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DARWIN: a cheap four-channels remote-sensing instrument
Author(s): Danilo Mollicone; Riccardo Valentini; Giuseppe De Rossi; Fausto Vitiello; Enrico Zini
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Paper Abstract

The paper describes the development of a remote sensing instrument manufactured utilizing CCD sensors. The main peculiarity of the DARWIN (digital aircraft resources and wildlife imaging) is that it is assembled with commercial electronic components. Consequently it is low cost to produce and easy to maintain and to find the spare parts. The first prototype is presented, named QSM (quick sensing machine), it was developed in the period 1987/90, then a later prototype named DARWIN is presented and the foreseen up grading of the instrument consequent to the managing of the first two prototypes and to the availability on the market of new and more up-dated electronic components. The instrument has four channels and the spectral band of each channel can be selected changing the optical filter mounted in front of each sensor. For its lightweight and its low power consumption it can also be installed on an ultralight platform (ULM). Also a simple, economic and flexible system is described composed by the DARWIN, an ULM with GPS and a software able to manage the images, based on a PC. Finally, a market survey and the possible users are indicated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2583, Advanced and Next-Generation Satellites, (15 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228597
Show Author Affiliations
Danilo Mollicone, Univ. della Tuscia (Italy)
Riccardo Valentini, Univ. della Tuscia (Italy)
Giuseppe De Rossi, ENEA (Italy)
Fausto Vitiello, ENEA (Italy)
Enrico Zini, RSDE (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2583:
Advanced and Next-Generation Satellites
Hiroyuki Fujisada; Martin N. Sweeting, Editor(s)

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