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Digital Sun Sensor Multi-Spot Operation
AbstractThe operation and test of a multi-spot digital sun sensor for precise sun-line determination is described. The image forming system consists of an opaque mask with multiple pinhole apertures producing multiple, simultaneous, spot-like images of the sun on the focal plane. The sun-line precision can be improved by averaging multiple simultaneous measures. Nevertheless, the sensor operation on a wide field of view requires acquiring and processing images in which the number of sun spots and the related intensity level are largely variable. To this end, a reliable and robust image acquisition procedure based on a variable shutter time has been considered as well as a calibration function exploiting also the knowledge of the sun-spot array size. Main focus of the present paper is the experimental validation of the wide field of view operation of the sensor by using a sensor prototype and a laboratory test facility. Results demonstrate that it is possible to keep high measurement precision also for large off-boresight angles.
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Rufino, G.; Grassi, M. Digital Sun Sensor Multi-Spot Operation. Sensors 2012, 12, 16451-16465.View more citation formats
Rufino G, Grassi M. Digital Sun Sensor Multi-Spot Operation. Sensors. 2012; 12(12):16451-16465.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rufino, Giancarlo; Grassi, Michele. 2012. "Digital Sun Sensor Multi-Spot Operation." Sensors 12, no. 12: 16451-16465.