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High Resolution Imaging Systems For Spin-Stabilized Probe Spacecraft
Author(s): G. Edward Danielson; Michael C. Malin; W. Alan Delamere
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Paper Abstract

A novel design for a high-resolution imaging system which includes on-board data editing and optical navigation, suggests high quality images can be acquired from spin-stabilized spacecraft oriented towards high velocity, short duration planetary missions ("Probes"). The approach to designing imaging systems requires that mission objectives be met within the physical and fiscal constraints imposed by the spacecraft and mission design. Severe constraints imposed on a Comet Halley probe (for example, 57km/sec encounter velocity with a small, 10km diameter, object coupled with a great uncertainty in encounter time and distance, were overcome by innovative use of existing technology. Such designs suggest that 3-axis stabilization or non-spinning platforms are not necessary to acquire high resolution, high quality planetary images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0268, Imaging Spectroscopy I, (21 July 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959924
Show Author Affiliations
G. Edward Danielson, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Michael C. Malin, Arizona State University (United States)
W. Alan Delamere, Ball Aerospace Systems Division (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0268:
Imaging Spectroscopy I
David D. Norris, Editor(s)

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