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Multiple instrument distributed aperture sensor (MIDAS) for remote sensing
Author(s): Joseph T. Pitman; Alan Duncan; David Stubbs; Robert Sigler; Rick Kendrick; Eric Smith; James Mason; Greg Delory; Jere H. Lipps; Michael Manga; James R. Graham; Imke de Pater; Sarah Reiboldt; Edward Bierhaus; James B. Dalton; James Fienup; Jeffrey W. Yu
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Paper Abstract

An innovative approach that enables greatly increased return from earth and planetary science remote sensing missions is described. Our concept, called Multiple Instrument Distributed Aperture Sensor (MIDAS), provides a large-aperture, wide-field, diffraction-limited telescope at a fraction of the cost, mass and volume of conventional space telescopes, by integrating advanced optical interferometry technologies. All optical assemblies are integrated into MIDAS as the primary remote sensing science payload, thereby reducing the cost, resources, complexity, integration and risks of a set of back-end science instruments (SI's) tailored to a specific mission, such as advanced SI's now in development for earth and planetary remote sensing missions. MIDAS interfaces to multiple SI's for redundancy and to enable synchronized concurrent science investigations, such as with multiple highly sensitive spectrometers. Passive imaging modes with MIDAS enable remote sensing at diffraction-limited resolution sequentially by each science instrument, as well as in somewhat lower resolution by multiple science instruments acting concurrently on the image, such as in different wavebands. Our MIDAS concept inherently provides nanometer-resolution hyperspectral passive imaging without the need for any moving parts in the science instruments. In its active remote sensing modes using an integrated laser source, MIDAS enables LIDAR, vibrometry, illumination, various active laser spectroscopies such as ablative, breakdown or time-resolved spectroscopy. The MIDAS optical design also provides high-resolution imaging for long dwell times at high altitudes, thereby enabling real-time, wide-area remote sensing of dynamic changes in planet surface processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5570, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII, (4 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.565710
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph T. Pitman, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Alan Duncan, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
David Stubbs, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Robert Sigler, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Rick Kendrick, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Eric Smith, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
James Mason, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Greg Delory, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Jere H. Lipps, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Michael Manga, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
James R. Graham, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Imke de Pater, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Sarah Reiboldt, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Edward Bierhaus, Lockheed Martin Astronautics (United States)
James B. Dalton, SETI Institute, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
James Fienup, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Jeffrey W. Yu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5570:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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