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The Impact Of Optical Design Constraints Imposed By Space-Borne Tv Cameras
Author(s): Max H. Mesner
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Paper Abstract

The man who creates TV cameras for space is bad news to the lens de-signer. He asks for a high quality lens or telescope with painful design constraints, and can only offer a need for very low volume production. On top of that, he wants a lens tommorrow, not next week, because he is faced with an unslippable spacecraft schedule. The requirements vary with the type of mission and kind of space-craft, but invariably impose physical or optical difficulties beyond those normally experienced in lens design. The purpose of this paper is to discuss these constraints as related to typical types of space missions, the kind of optical design problems they have created, and what can be done to arrive at an acceptable interface between optical designer and camera design engineer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1974
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0054, Effective Systems Integration and Optical Design I, (1 March 1974); doi: 10.1117/12.954235
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Max H. Mesner, RCA Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0054:
Effective Systems Integration and Optical Design I
Gary W. Wilkerson; Robert Poindexter, Editor(s)

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