Surveillance of Space Concept Demonstrator: Presentation of one Sensor: CASTOR-V

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Authors
  1. Buteau, S.
  2. Levesque, M.
  3. Bernier, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);AEREX Avionics Inc, Breakeyville QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) is developing a Surveillance of Space Concept Demonstrator consisting of three geographically dispersed, ground-based, small optical sensors for satellite observation. These three sensors will be operated remotely via the Sensor System Operations Centre (SSOC). Before remote operation was undertaken, CASTOR-V, the sensor located at Valcartier, was characterized and tested to optimize operation and perform troubleshooting. This report first describes the sensor hardware and software, then presents the results of the sensor characterization, including the dome and mount slew time, CCD dark current and other important features. Two significant findings emerged from the test results. First, any displacement on one side of the meridian requires less than one minute, and second, the CCD must be cooled to around –30ºC to minimize the significant 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 remedial measures or recommendations. CASTOR-V is now ready for remote operation through the SSOC.

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2005-165 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Apr 2007
Number of Pages
69
DSTKIM No
CA029198
CANDIS No
527538
Format(s):
CD ROM

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