Surveillance of Space Concept Demonstrator. Presentation of One Sensor: CASTOR-V
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA VALCARTIER (QUEBEC)
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Defence RD Canada DRDC is developing a Surveillance of Space Concept Demonstrator CD consisting in three geographically dispersed, ground-based, small optical sensors for satellite observation. These three sensors will be operated remotely via the Sensor System Operations Center SSOC. Before the remote operation was undertake, CASTOR-V, the sensor located at Valcartier, has been characterise and tested in order to optimise its operation and to do the trouble shooting of this particular sensor. The present report first describes the sensor hardware and software, it then presents some results of the sensor characterisation such as the dome and mount slew time, the CCD dark current and other important features. Two significant findings following the testing results are first that any displacement on one side of the meridian necessitates less than one minute and second, the CCD must be cooled down to about -30 deg C to minimise the important top to bottom dark count gradient. Finally, for the benefit of future users and system designers, particularities and issues that occurred with CASTOR-V, related to hardware, software or operation, are described along with their respective solutions or recommendations. CASTOR-V is now ready for remote operation through the SSOC.
- Optical Detection and Detectors
- Unmanned Spacecraft