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Conceptual design of airborne daytime infrared star cameras
Author(s): Yuying Zhou; Weimin Shen; Feng Wu; Yuheng Chen
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Paper Abstract

Star camera is a kind of sensitive attitude sensors used for navigation of space vehicles. In order to use it on aircrafts in daytime, the conceptual design and the principle of airborne daytime infrared star cameras are introduced in this paper, as there is enough number of stars in near infrared band to be used as reference of a star camera for calculating attitude. Through analyzing the atmospheric scattering background light intensity for different altitudes, observing angles, and solar angles with Modtran software, and considering IR FPA (infrared focal plane array) performance, shot noise and the required star magnitude for daytime star trackers and sensors, the optical system parameters, i.e. FOV (field of view), clear aperture diameter and effective focal length, are determined according to the required SNR (signal to noise ratio).

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 November 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7849, Optical Design and Testing IV, 78490V (5 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.870607
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Yuying Zhou, Soochow Univ. (China)
Key Lab. of Modern Optical Technology of Jiangsu Province (China)
Weimin Shen, Soochow Univ. (China)
Key Lab. of Modern Optical Technology of Jiangsu Province (China)
Feng Wu, Soochow Univ. (China)
Key Lab. of Modern Optical Technology of Jiangsu Province (China)
Yuheng Chen, Soochow Univ. (China)
Key Lab. of Modern Optical Technology of Jiangsu Province (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7849:
Optical Design and Testing IV
Yongtian Wang; Julie Bentley; Chunlei Du; Kimio Tatsuno; Hendrik P. Urbach, Editor(s)

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