Active Pixel Sensor developments for future ESA space science missions. Evolution of APS for space application at ESA. So far the use of APS for space applications has been restricted on: STAR tracker: STAR 250, IRIS3, STAR 1000 sensors (soon in the EPPL).
Recent progress +
Bepi Colombo mission: take-off in 2012 toward Mercury with two orbiters (MPO, Mercury Planetary Orbiter, MMO (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter)
SYMBIO-SYS (PI: E. Flamini, ASI) is the Remote Sensing Imaging consortium on board MPO. It consists in:
• HRIC (High Resolution Imaging Channel): 5 m/pxl @ 400 km, 400-900 nm
• STC (Stereo imaging Channel): 100 m/pxl, 500-900 nm
• HIRIS (High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer channel): Fourier Transform spectrometer, 588.5-590 nm
• VIHI (Visual and Infrared Hyperspectral Imager channel): 100 m/pixel at 400 km, 400-2200 nm
Solar Orbiter will be launched in Oct. 2013 for an 8 year extend mission, observing the sun as close as 45 sun radii, with increasing inclination.
The preliminary remote sensing payload consists in:
• VIM (Visible Light Imager and Magnetograph): 400-700 nm
• EUS (Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer): 17-100 nm
• EUI (Extreme Ultraviolet Imager): 13.3 nm, 17.4 nm, 30.4 nm
• COR (Coronograph): 450-600 nm( 121.6 and 30.4 nm optional)
The preliminary payload is also based on APS and at least two dedicated technological developments are foreseen (Q1 2006), they will focus on: