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Design of the high resolution optical instrument for the Pleiades HR Earth observation satellites
Author(s): Jean-Luc Lamard; Catherine Gaudin-Delrieu; David Valentini; Christophe Renard; Thierry Tournier; Jean-Marc Laherrere

Paper Abstract

As part of its contribution to Earth observation from space, ALCATEL SPACE designed, built and tested the High Resolution cameras for the European intelligence satellites HELIOS I and II. Through these programmes, ALCATEL SPACE enjoys an international reputation. Its capability and experience in High Resolution instrumentation is recognised by the most customers.

Coming after the SPOT program, it was decided to go ahead with the PLEIADES HR program. PLEIADES HR is the optical high resolution component of a larger optical and radar multi-sensors system : ORFEO, which is developed in cooperation between France and Italy for dual Civilian and Defense use. ALCATEL SPACE has been entrusted by CNES with the development of the high resolution camera of the Earth observation satellites PLEIADES HR.

The first optical satellite of the PLEIADES HR constellation will be launched in mid-2008, the second will follow in 2009. To minimize the development costs, a mini satellite approach has been selected, leading to a compact concept for the camera design.

The paper describes the design and performance budgets of this novel high resolution and large field of view optical instrument with emphasis on the technological features.

This new generation of camera represents a breakthrough in comparison with the previous SPOT cameras owing to a significant step in on-ground resolution, which approaches the capabilities of aerial photography.

Recent advances in detector technology, optical fabrication and electronics make it possible for the PLEIADES HR camera to achieve their image quality performance goals while staying within weight and size restrictions normally considered suitable only for much lower performance systems.

This camera design delivers superior performance using an innovative low power, low mass, scalable architecture, which provides a versatile approach for a variety of imaging requirements and allows for a wide number of possibilities of accommodation with a mini-satellite class platform.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10568, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004, 105680J (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2307995
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Luc Lamard, Alcatel Space (France)
Catherine Gaudin-Delrieu, Alcatel Space (France)
David Valentini, Alcatel Space (France)
Christophe Renard, Alcatel Space (France)
Thierry Tournier, CNES (France)
Jean-Marc Laherrere, CNES (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10568:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo, Editor(s)

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