Sun Sensors

FINE SUN SENSOR (±50°)

Adcole Maryland Aerospace (AMA) Sun Sensors are used in attitude control applications where sub-arcminute accuracy and millidegree angular resolution are required. AMA Sun Sensors are designed in single or two-axis configurations. Each sensor can be custom designed to meet specific performance requirements for Field of View (FOV), accuracy, resolution, and other key parameters.

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DIGITAL SUN SENSOR (±64°)

Adcole ±64° Digital Sun Sensors provide better accuracy and resolution over a smaller field of view than the ±64° DSS. They are typically used for medium accuracy attitude determination. Systems can be configured with one or more optical heads per electronics.

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COARSE SUN SENSOR PYRAMID TYPE

The Coarse Sun Sensor Detector is a single detector model used for applications including solar array pointing, sun acquisition, and failsafe recovery.

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MINIATURE SPINNING SUN SENSOR (±87.5°)

The Miniature Spinning Sun Sensor (±87.5°) is uniquely designed to provide sun aspect angle and sun crossing pulses for spinning spacecraft. This information is used to determine spin rate and spin axis orientation relative to the sun.

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FINE SPINNING SUN SENSOR (±64°)

The ±64° Adcole Sun Sensor provides better accuracy and resolution than the Miniature Spinning Sun Sensor. It is a redundant system consisting of one optical head per redundant electronics channel. It is used for attitude determination of spinning spacecraft, sun acquisition, and fail-safe recovery.

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