19 May 2016 DeSCJOB: the deep space cam joined observation bot
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Large spacecraft missions have both technical and financial needs. Technical needs drive the inclusion of numerous subsystems, which must be configured or deployed. Financial needs, for many spacecraft, are filled through generating public support, which is enhanced by being able to show the spacecraft in operation. This paper presents DeSCJOB, a small satellite that is deployed from a larger spacecraft. It launches from the parent spacecraft, captures images of whatever is desired (moving around the larger spacecraft, if desired) and then retracts back to its docking point automatically. Its utility for operational and public relations imaging is discussed.
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Thomas McGuire, Thomas McGuire, Michael Hirsch, Michael Hirsch, Michael Parsons, Michael Parsons, Skye Leake, Skye Leake, Jeremy Straub, Jeremy Straub, "DeSCJOB: the deep space cam joined observation bot", Proc. SPIE 9868, Dimensional Optical Metrology and Inspection for Practical Applications V, 986809 (19 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223555; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2223555

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