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Autonomous star tracker based on active pixel sensors (APS)
Author(s): U. Schmidt

Paper Abstract

Star trackers are opto-electronic sensors used onboard of satellites for the autonomous inertial attitude determination. During the last years, star trackers became more and more important in the field of the attitude and orbit control system (AOCS) sensors. High performance star trackers are based up today on charge coupled device (CCD) optical camera heads.

The Jena-Optronik GmbH is active in the field of opto-electronic sensors like star trackers since the early 80-ties. Today, with the product family ASTRO5, ASTRO10 and ASTRO15, all marked segments like earth observation, scientific applications and geo-telecom are supplied to European and Overseas customers.

A new generation of star trackers can be designed based on the APS detector technical features. The measurement performance of the current CCD based star trackers can be maintained, the star tracker functionality, reliability and robustness can be increased while the unit costs are saved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10568, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004, 105680S (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2307969
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U. Schmidt, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10568:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo, Editor(s)

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