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Optical designs for the Mars '03 rover cameras
Author(s): Gregory Hallock Smith; Edward C. Hagerott; Lawrence M. Scherr; Kenneth E. Herkenhoff; James F. Bell
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Paper Abstract

In 2003, NASA is planning to send two robotic rover vehicles to explore the surface of Mars. The spacecraft will land on airbags in different, carefully chosen locations. The search for evidence indicating conditions favorable for past or present life will be a high priority. Each rover will carry a total of ten cameras of five various types. There will be a stereo pair of color panoramic cameras, a stereo pair of wide- field navigation cameras, one close-up camera on a movable arm, two stereo pairs of fisheye cameras for hazard avoidance, and one Sun sensor camera. This paper discusses the lenses for these cameras. Included are the specifications, design approaches, expected optical performances, prescriptions, and tolerances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 December 2001
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4441, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering II, (5 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449558
Show Author Affiliations
Gregory Hallock Smith, GHS Optics (United States)
Edward C. Hagerott, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Lawrence M. Scherr, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kenneth E. Herkenhoff, U.S. Geological Survey (United States)
James F. Bell, Cornell Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4441:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering II
Iain A. Neil; Takanori Yamanashi; Robert E. Fischer; R. Barry Johnson; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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