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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2010
  • pp: 2910–2919

Optical design of the single-detector planetary stereo camera for the BepiColombo European Space Agency mission to Mercury

Vania Da Deppo, Giampiero Naletto, Gabriele Cremonese, and Luciano Calamai  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 15, pp. 2910-2919 (2010)

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We present the catadioptric optical design solution for the stereo channel of the imaging system SIMBIOSYS for the BepiColombo European Space Agency mission to Mercury. The main scientific objectives of the instrument are the three-dimensional global mapping of the entire surface of Mercury in the panchromatic band and imaging of selected areas in four broad colored bands; both tasks have to be accomplished with a scale factor of 50 m per pixel at periherm. The system consists of an original compact layout in which the two stereo subchannels share a common detector; also, the optical components are common to the two subchannels, with the exception of the first element, which is a rhomboid prism. The field of view of each subchannel is about 5 ° × 5 ° with a scale factor of 23 arcsec/pixel. The ray-tracing simulation of the system shows that the design guarantees optimal aberration balancing over the entire field of view and the entire wavelength range covered by the instrument, with ensquared energy of the order of 80% in one pixel.

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OCIS Codes
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: October 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 24, 2010
Published: May 18, 2010

Vania Da Deppo, Giampiero Naletto, Gabriele Cremonese, and Luciano Calamai, "Optical design of the single-detector planetary stereo camera for the BepiColombo European Space Agency mission to Mercury," Appl. Opt. 49, 2910-2919 (2010)

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