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21 October 2005 Space optical instruments optimisation thanks to CMOS image sensor technology
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Today, both CCD and CMOS sensors can be envisaged for nearly all visible sensors and instruments designed for space needs. Indeed, detectors built with both technologies allow excellent electro-optics performances to be reached, the selection of the most adequate device being driven by their functional and technological features and limits. The first part of the paper presents electro-optics characterisation results of CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) built with an optimised CMOS process, demonstrating the large improvements of CIS electro-optics performances. The second part reviews the advantages of CMOS technology for space applications, illustrated by examples of CIS developments performed by EADS Astrium and Supaero/CIMI for current and short term coming space programs.
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Olivier Saint-Pe, Michel Tulet, Robert Davancens, Franck Larnaudie, Pierre Magnan, Philippe Martin-Gonthier, Franck Corbiere, and Magali Estribeau "Space optical instruments optimisation thanks to CMOS image sensor technology", Proc. SPIE 5978, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites IX, 597811 (21 October 2005);


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