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Application of APS arrays to star and feature tracking systems
Author(s): Christopher C. Clark; Orly Yadid-Pecht; Eric R. Fossum; Phil M. Salomon; Edwin W. Dennison
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Paper Abstract

Reducing mass and power demands from engineering and science image sensors, while improving system capability, remains a driving force in the development of Sciencecraft components. The Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) is developing advanced concepts for future spacecraft celestial trackers by incorporating active pixel sensor (APS) array technology into star and feature tracker designs. We describe fundamental APS array properties and characteristics, and discuss recent progress in APS designs directly applicable to next generation trackers. A description of a new regional electronic shutter design providing extremely high dynamic range and local shuttering capability is given along with test results from a prototype device. A new star and feature tracker concept enabled by this regional shuttering capability is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2810, Space Sciencecraft Control and Tracking in the New Millennium, (28 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255130
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher C. Clark, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Orly Yadid-Pecht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (Israel)
Eric R. Fossum, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Phil M. Salomon, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Edwin W. Dennison, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2810:
Space Sciencecraft Control and Tracking in the New Millennium
E. Kane Casani; Mark A. Vander Does, Editor(s)

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