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Design of a highly integrated video acquisition module for smart video flight unit development
Author(s): V. Lebre; W. Gasti

Paper Abstract

CCD and APS devices are widely used in space missions as instrument sensors and/or in Avionics units like star detectors/trackers. Therefore, various and numerous designs of video acquisition chains have been produced.

Basically, a classical video acquisition chain is constituted of two main functional blocks: the Proximity Electronics (PEC), including detector drivers and the Analogue Processing Chain (APC) Electronics that embeds the ADC, a master sequencer and the host interface.

Nowadays, low power technologies allow to improve the integration, radiometric performances and power budget optimisation of video units and to standardize video units design and development.

To this end, ESA has initiated a development activity through a competitive process requesting the expertise of experienced actors in the field of high resolution electronics for earth observation and Scientific missions. THALES ALENIA SPACE has been granted this activity as a prime contractor through ESA contract called HIVAC that holds for Highly Integrated Video Acquisition Chain.

This paper presents main objectives of the on going HIVAC project and focuses on the functionalities and performances offered by the usage of the under development HIVAC board for future optical instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 105662X (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308238
Show Author Affiliations
V. Lebre, Thales Alenia Space (France)
W. Gasti, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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