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Space optical instruments design optimisation thanks to CMOS image sensor technology
Author(s): Olivier Saint-Pe; Michel Tulet; Robert Davancens; Franck Larnaudie; Pierre Magnan; Philippe Martin-Gonthier; Franck Corbiere; Magali Estribeau
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Paper Abstract

Today, both CCD and CMOS sensors can be envisaged for nearly all visible sensors and instruments designed for space needs. Indeed, detectors built with both technologies allow excellent electro-optics performances to be reached, the selection of the most adequate device being driven by their functional and technological features and limits. The first part of the paper presents electro-optics characterisation results of CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) built with an optimised CMOS process, demonstrating the large improvements of CIS electro-optics performances. The second part reviews the advantages of CMOS technology for space applications, illustrated by examples of CIS developments performed by EADS Astrium and Supaero/CIMI for current and short term coming space programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5978, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites IX, 597811 (21 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.628113
Show Author Affiliations
Olivier Saint-Pe, EADS-ASTRIUM (France)
Michel Tulet, EADS-ASTRIUM (France)
Robert Davancens, EADS-ASTRIUM (France)
Franck Larnaudie, EADS-ASTRIUM (France)
Pierre Magnan, SUPAERO-CIMI (France)
Philippe Martin-Gonthier, SUPAERO-CIMI (France)
Franck Corbiere, SUPAERO-CIMI (France)
Magali Estribeau, SUPAERO-CIMI (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5978:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites IX
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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