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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 26 — Dec. 30, 2013
  • pp: 32524–32533

An implementation method based on ERS imaging mode for sun sensor with 1 kHz update rate and 1 precision level

Minsong Wei, Fei Xing, and Zheng You  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 26, pp. 32524-32533 (2013)

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Stringent attitude determination accuracy through a high bandwidth is required for the development of the advanced space technologies, such as earth observation and laser communication. In this work, we presented a novel proposal for a digital sun sensor with high accuracy, large Field of View (FOV) and ultra-high data update rate. The Electronic Rolling Shutter (ERS) imaging mode of an APS CMOS detector was employed and an “amplifier factor” was introduced to improve the data update rate significantly. Based on the idea of the multiplexing detector, a novel mask integrated with two kinds of aperture patterns was also introduced to implement its distinctive performance of high precision and large FOV. Test results show that the ERS based sun sensor is capable of achieving the data update rate of 1 kHz and precision of 1.1″ (1σ) within a 105° × 105° FOV. The digital sun sensor can play an important role in precise attitude determination and provide a broader application for high accuracy satellites.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.1880) Detectors : Detection
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: September 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 17, 2013
Published: December 23, 2013

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