Preliminary calibration results of the wide angle camera of the imaging instrument OSIRIS for the Rosetta mission

Da Deppo, V.; Nicolosi, P.; Ramous, P.; Verani, S.; Sebastian, I.; Angrilli, F.; Rickman, H.; Naletto, G.; Zambolin, P.; De Cecco, M.; Debei, S.; Parzianello, G.; Zaccariotto, M.; Fornasier, S.; Thomas, Nicolas; Barthol, P.; Hviid, S. F.; Meller, R.; Sierks, H.; Keller, H. U.; ... (2017). Preliminary calibration results of the wide angle camera of the imaging instrument OSIRIS for the Rosetta mission. In: International Conference on Space Optics 2004. Proceedings of SPIE: Vol. 10568 (p. 65). SPIE 10.1117/12.2308021

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Rosetta is one of the cornerstone missions of the European Space Agency for having a rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. The imaging instrument on board the satellite is OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging
System), a cooperation among several European institutes, which consists of two cameras: a Narrow (NAC) and a Wide Angle Camera (WAC). The WAC optical design is an innovative one: it adopts an all reflecting, unvignetted and unobstructed two mirror configuration which allows to cover a 12° × 12° field of view with an F/5.6 aperture and gives a nominal contrast ratio of about 10–4. The flight model of this camera has been successfully integrated and tested in our laboratories, and finally has been integrated on the satellite which is now waiting to be launched in February 2004. In this paper we are going to describe the optical characteristics of the camera, and to summarize the results so far obtained with the preliminary calibration data. The analysis of the optical performance of this model shows a good agreement between theoretical performance and experimental results.

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08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > NCCR PlanetS

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Thomas, Nicolas


500 Science > 520 Astronomy
600 Technology > 620 Engineering




Proceedings of SPIE






Dora Ursula Zimmerer

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18 Apr 2018 12:55

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