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Planetary exploration with optical imaging systems review: what is the best sensor for future missions
Author(s): H. Michaelis; T. Behnke; R. Bredthauer; A. Holland; J. Janesick; R. Jaumann; H. U. Keller; D. Magrin; D. Greggio; Stefano Mottola; N. Thomas; P. Smith

Paper Abstract

When we talk about planetary exploration missions most people think spontaneously about fascinating images from other planets or close-up pictures of small planetary bodies such as asteroids and comets. Such images come in most cases from VIS/NIR- imaging- systems, simply called ‘cameras’, which were typically built by institutes in collaboration with industry. Until now, they have nearly all been based on silicon CCD sensors, they have filter wheels and have often high power-consuming electronics.

The question is, what are the challenges for future missions and what can be done to improve performance and scientific output. The exploration of Mars is ongoing. NASA and ESA are planning future missions to the outer planets like to the icy Jovian moons. Exploration of asteroids and comets are in focus of several recent and future missions. Furthermore, the detection and characterization of exo-planets will keep us busy for next generations.

The paper is discussing the challenges and visions of imaging sensors for future planetary exploration missions. The focus of the talk is monolithic VIS/NIR- detectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10563, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014, 1056322 (17 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2304114
Show Author Affiliations
H. Michaelis, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
T. Behnke, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
R. Bredthauer, Semiconductor Technology Associates Inc. (United States)
A. Holland, XCAM Ltd. (United Kingdom)
J. Janesick, SRI International (United States)
R. Jaumann, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
H. U. Keller, Institut für Geophysik und extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
D. Magrin, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
D. Greggio, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Stefano Mottola, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
N. Thomas, Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
P. Smith, Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10563:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014
Zoran Sodnik; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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