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CCDs and camera electronics for the NASA CONTOUR mission
Author(s): Edward Hugo Darlington; Matthew P. Grey
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Paper Abstract

This paper addresses the imager designs for an upcoming NASA mission to examine comets at distances from the sun fairly similar to that of the earth. The general constraints on design typical to a small spacecraft such as low mass and operation in vacuum apply. In addition the transient nature of the data which are presented as spacecraft moves by the comet at high speed must be considered. Two imagers with different tasks to perform will be flown on this mission. Design choices for electronics and selection of charge coupled device image sensors are discussed. Some early results from breadboard tests are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 December 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4498, UV/EUV and Visible Space Instrumentation for Astronomy and Solar Physics, (10 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.450056
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Edward Hugo Darlington, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Matthew P. Grey, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4498:
UV/EUV and Visible Space Instrumentation for Astronomy and Solar Physics
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Silvano Fineschi; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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