22 September 2009 The asteroid finder focal plane
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The DLR Institute of Planetary Exploration has proposed a novel design for a space instrument accommodated on a small satellite bus (SSB) that is dedicated to the detection of inner earth objects (IEOs) from a low earth orbit (LEO). The low pointing stability of the satellite bus, the stray light and thermal environment in LEO represent the major design drivers for achieving the required limiting magnitude of 18.5 (V-band). In order to cope with the design drivers, DLR has proposed a novel focal plane consisting of four Electron Multiplying CCDs (EMCCD) and their associated electronics.
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H. Michaelis, S. Mottola, E. Kührt, T. Behnke, G. Messina, M. Solbrig, M. Tschentscher, N. Schmitz, K. Scheibe, J. Schubert, M. Hartl, K. Lenfert, "The asteroid finder focal plane", Proc. SPIE 7474, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIII, 74741F (22 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830414; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.830414
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