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A new star (sensor) is born
Author(s): Johan Leijtens; Willem Vliegenthart; Dimitris Lampridis; Giuseppe Vacanti; Bert Monna; Elbert Bechthum; Koen Hagenaars; Erik van der Heide; Michiel Kruijff; Eddie van Breukelen; Anita LeMair

Paper Abstract

In the frame of the Dutch Prequalification for ESA Programs(PEP), as part of the efforts to design an integrated optical attitude control subsytem (IOPACS), a consortium of TNO and several SME's in the Netherlands have been working on a novel type of startracker called MABS (Multiple Aperture Baffled Startracker). The system comprises a single cast metal housing with four reflective optical telescopes which use only structural internal baffling. Inherent to the design are a very high stability and excellent co-alignment between the apertures, a significant decrease in system size and low recurring production cost. The concept is a radical change from more common multiple startracker setups. The presentation will concentrate on the validity of the concept, the predicted performance and benefits for space applications, the produced breadboard and measured performances as well as the costing aspects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10565, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010, 1056529 (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309228
Show Author Affiliations
Johan Leijtens, TNO (Netherlands)
Willem Vliegenthart, TNO (Netherlands)
Dimitris Lampridis, cosine B.V. (Netherlands)
Giuseppe Vacanti, cosine B.V. (Netherlands)
Bert Monna, Systematic Design (Netherlands)
Elbert Bechthum, Systematic Design (Netherlands)
Koen Hagenaars, Bradford Engineering (Netherlands)
Erik van der Heide, Bradford Engineering (Netherlands)
Michiel Kruijff, Delta Utec (Netherlands)
Eddie van Breukelen, ISIS (Netherlands)
Anita LeMair, ISIS (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10565:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010
Errico Armandillo; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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