The CMOS Breakthrough for Space Optical Detection: Recent Advances and Short Term Perspectives
EUROPEAN AERONAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE ASTRIUM (EADS) TOULOUSE (FRANCE)
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Today, both CCD and CMOS sensors can be envisaged for nearly all visible sensors and instruments designed for space needs. Indeed, detectors built with both technologies allow excellent electro-optics performances to be reached, the selection of the most adequate device being driven by their functional and technological features and limits. The first part of the paper presents electro-optics characterisation results of CMOS image sensors CIS built with an optimised CMOS process, demonstrating the large improvements of CIS electro-optics performances. The second part reviews the advantages of CMOS technology for space applications, illustrated by examples of CIS developments performed by EADS Astrium and Supa roCIMI for current and short term coming space programs.
- Solid State Physics
- Optical Detection and Detectors
- Unmanned Spacecraft