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Space telemetric panomorph imaging system for micro/nano satellite
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Paper Abstract

For many years, many microsatellites (satellites in the 10-100 kg mass range) and nanosatellites (in the 1-10 kg mass range) missions have been designed, built and launched having the objective of technology demonstration. Recently, due to the advance of technologies over the past decade, a new trend is to use them in more demanding space missions such as space science, earth observation, flying formation and space surveillance. In micro/nano satellites applications, the need for size, mass, power consumption and cost reduction is critical. This is why there is an effort toward the development of specialized and integrated hardware. Among space hardware for satellites, the development of optical imaging payload and miniaturized attitude sensors are of great interest for space surveillance and space science applications. We proposed the development of a panomorph lens optical module designed to record wide and broadband images of a panoramic scene around the satellite. A key requirement of the optical module is therefore to be able to manage the field coverage properties to distinguish true element that can be used for star tracking, earth horizon sensing and related tracking functionalities. The optical module must provide all usable telemetric information for the satellite. The proposed technology consists of a concept of space telemetric imaging system, which will combine optically imaging for surveillance/visual monitoring of space and attitude determination capabilities in one compact and low-power consumption device for micro/nano satellite applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6958, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications II, 69580T (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777855
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Simon Thibault, ImmerVision (Canada)
Eric Harvey, InnoveSpace (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6958:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications II
Richard T. Howard; Pejmun Motaghedi, Editor(s)

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