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Development of a compact low-mass wide-angle CCD camera for earth observation
Author(s): Nicholas R. Waltham; G. M. Newton; Kate A. Lidiard; P. Paynter; J. King
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Paper Abstract

This paper concerns the development of a compact low-mass wide angle CCD camera for Earth observation. The project will take advantage of the opportunity of a low-cost, short time scale launch to produce early data demonstrating the technology available for 'small cloud' detection, and is of particular interest to future Earth Observing satellite instruments involved in the measurement of sea surface temperature. The 2.5 kg camera will operate at visible wavelengths, and use a large format CCD to achieve 250 m by 250 m resolution on the ground, and with a field of view of plus or minus 8.5 degrees (equivalent to 194 by 144 km on the ground). The challenge in the designing and building of this instrument has been the need to maintain performance with restrictions on the available space, mass, power, and schedule. This paper describes the scientific objectives, system, and detailed design of the camera.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2583, Advanced and Next-Generation Satellites, (15 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228604
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas R. Waltham, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
G. M. Newton, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Kate A. Lidiard, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. Paynter, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. King, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


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

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