Design of a stereo multispectral CCD camera for Mars Pathfinder

Robert O. Reynolds, Peter Smith, Devon G. Crowe, Mark Bigler, Mike Pollard

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Abstract

The Imager for Mars Pathfinder is a stereo multispectral CCD camera designed to support a variety of science experiments from the Martian surface. The camera combines a straightforward imaging system based on a pair of Cooke triplets, fold optics, and a divided 512 by 256 pixel CCD with a complement of spectral and solar filters on two filter wheels. Aluminum and titanium component mountings on an aluminum optical bench provide for a complete pointing and imaging system having a mass of less than 3 kg. The az-el gimbal utilizes gearhead stepper motors to provide a field of regard of 370 degrees in azimuth and 156 degrees in elevation, in support of stereo and monoscopic panoramas and atmospheric studies. This paper discusses mechanical aspects of the optical component mountings and adjustments, as well as structural and mechanical aspects of the gimbal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Pages197-206
Number of pages10
Volume2542
StatePublished - 1995
EventOptomechanical and Precision Instrument Design - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 10 1995Jul 11 1995

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OtherOptomechanical and Precision Instrument Design
CitySan Diego, CA, USA
Period7/10/957/11/95

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Reynolds, R. O., Smith, P., Crowe, D. G., Bigler, M., & Pollard, M. (1995). Design of a stereo multispectral CCD camera for Mars Pathfinder. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 2542, pp. 197-206)

Design of a stereo multispectral CCD camera for Mars Pathfinder. / Reynolds, Robert O.; Smith, Peter; Crowe, Devon G.; Bigler, Mark; Pollard, Mike.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 2542 1995. p. 197-206.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Reynolds, RO, Smith, P, Crowe, DG, Bigler, M & Pollard, M 1995, Design of a stereo multispectral CCD camera for Mars Pathfinder. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 2542, pp. 197-206, Optomechanical and Precision Instrument Design, San Diego, CA, USA, 7/10/95.
Reynolds RO, Smith P, Crowe DG, Bigler M, Pollard M. Design of a stereo multispectral CCD camera for Mars Pathfinder. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 2542. 1995. p. 197-206
Reynolds, Robert O. ; Smith, Peter ; Crowe, Devon G. ; Bigler, Mark ; Pollard, Mike. / Design of a stereo multispectral CCD camera for Mars Pathfinder. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 2542 1995. pp. 197-206
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