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Mosaic array cameras for NEO and space debris
Author(s): Scott P. Way; Archie M. Barter; Joseph J. Imamura; Morley M. Blouke; George Tylinski; Chuck Gilman; Syuzo Isobe
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Paper Abstract

The recent interest in detecting asteroids and Reentrant Space Debris has developed a need for large field of view, high-resolution focal pane array cameras to provide for mapping and tracking of these object. Ideally, a number of these cameras would be used around the world to provide a complete sky map. The Japan Space Forum is currently constructing one such facility in Japan. This paper describes the construction and features of two cameras to be used at the Japanese facility. One camera will be used in conjunction with a half-meter telescope and the second camera will be used with a one meter telescope. Features of the camera included radiative cooling of the focal pane array to minimize stress on the detector assembly, a specially designed focal pane array mount to maintain flatness, a 24 hour hold time liquid nitrogen dewar, and high speed fiber optic readout. The cameras feature arrays of up to ten SITe ST002 2048 by 4096 backthinned CCDs for high performance and wide field of view.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395500
Show Author Affiliations
Scott P. Way, PixelVision, Inc. (United States)
Archie M. Barter, PixelVision, Inc. (United States)
Joseph J. Imamura, PixelVision, Inc. (United States)
Morley M. Blouke, Scientific Imaging Technologies, Inc. (United States)
George Tylinski, Tylinski Design Inc. (United States)
Chuck Gilman, Prism Consulting & Design, Inc. (United States)
Syuzo Isobe, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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