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Optical-System Design For Next-Generation Pushbroom Sensors
Author(s): Aram M. Mika; Herbert L. Richard
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Paper Abstract

Next-generation pushbroom sensors for earth observation require high-performance optics that provide high spatial resolution over wide fields of view. Specifically, blur diameters on the order of 10 to 15 pm are needed over 5° to 15° fields. In addition to this fundamental level of optical performance, other characteristics, such as spatial coregistration of spectral bands, flat focal plane, telecentricity, and workable pupil location are significant instrument design considerations. The detector-assembly design, optical line-of-sight pointing method and sensor packaging all hinge on these secondary attributes. Moreover, the need for broad spectral coverage, ranging from 0.4 to 12.5 μm, places an additional constraint on optical design. This paper presents alternate design forms that are candidates for wide-field pushbroom sensors, and discusses the instrument-design tradeoffs that are linked to the selection of these alternate optical approaches.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1984
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0481, Recent Advances in Civil Space Remote Sensing, (1 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943064
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Aram M. Mika, Santa Barbara Research Center (United States)
Herbert L. Richard, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0481:
Recent Advances in Civil Space Remote Sensing

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