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Optical instruments heading in a new direction
Author(s): Johan Leijtens; Wouter Jan Ubbels
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Paper Abstract

Micro systems technology allows building ever-smaller systems. This has lead to many activities all over the world that are focused on building micro- and nano satellites. Most of these satellites are seen as technology qualifiers, meaning that they are used to prove that the developed technology can be used on board of spacecraft and can survive the launch environment. At this moment in time there is so much technology available and under development that one can start to think about building mature satellites on a micro scale (mature in the sense that the satellite can perform a scientifically or socially significant function). For satellites with an optical payload, a minimum aperture and baffle size are required, thus setting a minimum size for the satellite. The overall size of the satellite can be reduced by building the satellite around the instrument instead of building an instrument that is put on top of a satellite bus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6296, Earth Observing Systems XI, 629616 (7 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.677512
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Johan Leijtens, TNO Science and Industrie (Netherlands)
Wouter Jan Ubbels, ISIS, Innovative Solutions In Space (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6296:
Earth Observing Systems XI
James J. Butler, Editor(s)

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