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Satellite attitude sensor with microbolometer detector arrays
Author(s): Paul J. Thomas; Charles H. Hersom; Gilbert Pitre; Mayes Mullins; Allan Bernard Hollinger; Doug Staley; Zvika Afik; Nikolay Stoev; David R. Demmer
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Paper Abstract

The Satellite Attitude Sensor (SAS) utilizes IR bolometer arrays to perform the role of a staring horizon sensor with good accuracy and a wide field of view that avoids mechanical scanning. An innovative concept has resulted in simple and inexpensive design suitable for the requirements of both low and high altitude orbits. Although SAS was designed especially for Earth-observing micro-satellites, it is applicable to satellites with geosynchronous or highly elliptical orbits and the update rate is sufficient for use with a spinning satellite or a rocket. The ability of the sensor to operate in both spinning and 3-axis stabilized modes will allow it to fulfill the needs of large variety of scientific and remote sensing applications. Laboratory test are in process to verify the design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3439, Earth Observing Systems III, (3 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.325619
Show Author Affiliations
Paul J. Thomas, Institute for Space and Terrestrial Science (Canada)
Charles H. Hersom, Ctr. for Research in Earth and Space Technology (Canada)
Gilbert Pitre, Ctr. for Research in Earth and Space Technology (Canada)
Mayes Mullins, Good Vibrations Engineering (Canada)
Allan Bernard Hollinger, Canadian Space Agency (Canada)
Doug Staley, Carleton Univ. (Canada)
Zvika Afik, AlliedSignal Aerospace Canada (Canada)
Nikolay Stoev, Photonics Research Ontario (Canada)
David R. Demmer, Photonics Research Ontario (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3439:
Earth Observing Systems III
William L. Barnes, Editor(s)

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