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The Arkyd-6 mid-wave infrared instrument: ground testing, commissioning, and operations (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Kevin Lalli
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Paper Abstract

The Arkyd-6 (A6) satellite is a technology demonstration CubeSat designed and manufactured by Planetary Resources, the first of which was successfully launched on PSLV C-40 on January 12, 2018. Onboard the A6 satellite is a broadband midwave-infrared instrument sensitive from 3.4 - 5.1 microns. The instrument was designed around upselected COTS components, then modified and qualified in-house for operation in low-Earth orbit. From a 505-km orbit, the instrument will achieve a 38-meter GSD and includes a diffraction-limited F/4 lens assembly. The instrument was radiometrically calibrated on the ground for at-lens brightness temperature over this band. This presentation will focus on ground qualification and performance testing, on-orbit instrument commissioning, and instrument performance assessment going into nominal operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2018
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Proc. SPIE 10769, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II, 107690F (18 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2318992
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Kevin Lalli, Planetary Resources, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10769:
CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II
Thomas S. Pagano; Charles D. Norton, Editor(s)

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