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Fused fiber image guides for planetary exploration
Author(s): Dean Espitallier
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Paper Abstract

When Cassini's Huygens probe descends through the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan early next century it will send back pictures and data to the researchers at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory from a very unique camera, a camera called DISR. The descent imager/spectral radiometer, as the name implies, is responsible for not only sending pictures but both radiometric and spectroscopic data from the near UV through the visible and into the near IR parts of the EM spectrum. Unlike conventional cameras, however, DISR has not one aperture but thirteen, including nine separate image channels that share a single CCD. The optical manifold carrying these images from the input lens assemblies to the CCD is a fused fiber image bundle that will allow scientists to see all nine views at once, including two views through a visible spectrometer. This paper outlines some of the engineering and manufacturing challenges in making an image conduit assembly for the application of planetary exploration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2611, Optical Network Engineering and Integrity, (15 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.230114
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Dean Espitallier, Lockheed Martin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2611:
Optical Network Engineering and Integrity
Hakan H. Yuce; Dilip K. Paul; Roger A. Greenwell, Editor(s)

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