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First space qualified digital image sensor enters moon orbit
Author(s): Weng-Lyang Wang; Shengmin Lin; Chi-Pin Lin; Robert Sikora
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Paper Abstract

Conventional space sensors have traditionally used CCD image sensors. Since CCD sensors provide analog output signals, the camera system has needed to integrate additional analog and digital circuitry including CCD drivers. The result is a camera that weighs more than 30 kg and dissipates more than 10 Watts of power. We report using an advanced semiconductor technology to integrate CMOS image sensors, analog and digital circuitry together into a single silicon chip. A Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) was designed using this approach. The entire camera weighs less than 7 kg and dissipates only 1.8 Watts of power. The TMC was recently launched into moon orbit on October 22, 2008 aboard Chandrayaan-1. The image quality sent back from the TMC is excellent. Radiation testing of the digital image sensor was conducted prior to launch with the device enduring more than 300 kilo-rads.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7458, Remote Sensing System Engineering II, 74580E (12 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824642
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Weng-Lyang Wang, CMOS Sensor, Inc. (United States)
Shengmin Lin, CMOS Sensor, Inc. (United States)
Chi-Pin Lin, CMOS Sensor, Inc. (Taiwan)
Robert Sikora, CMOS Sensor, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7458:
Remote Sensing System Engineering II
Philip E. Ardanuy; Jeffery J. Puschell, Editor(s)

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