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Active pixel sensors for autonomous spacecraft applications
Author(s): Phil M. Salomon; Eric R. Fossum; Christopher C. Clark; Edwin W. Dennison
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Paper Abstract

Over the foreseeable future, the size and scope of spacecraft missions will change dramatically. No longer will we see the large, expensive, and complex spacecraft that characterized the past decades. Successful as they were, they represent a technology and approach which is not supportable in today's economic environment. The new millennium will require smaller spacecraft with a more focused set of mission goals and flying on-board sensors having greatly reduces size and weight and a greater range of capabilities. The need for additional autonomy will be created by the greater number of small spacecraft operating and the need to reduce the expenses of mission operations. Thus the emphasis on newly developed instruments for guidance and target image processing will stress enhancing instrument capabilities, minimizing size and power requirements, and maintaining the reliability that has been achieved over the past years. Toward these goals, we believe the new APS-based generation of sensors will provide the basis for achieving these goals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2810, Space Sciencecraft Control and Tracking in the New Millennium, (28 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255137
Show Author Affiliations
Phil M. Salomon, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eric R. Fossum, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Christopher C. Clark, 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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