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The objectives of the project are the design, development and qualification of an EQM unit of the Active Pixel Sun Sensor APSS, together with the definition of flight opportunities for the sensor.
The APSS development is mainly addressed at a low mass power and cost digital sun sensor. The achievement of this goal has been reached using an APS detector and a simple optical path, based on a pin hole.
Due to its design, the APSS is attractive for the space market in terms of cost and technical characteristics, and is suitable for GEO TLC satellites, Earth Observation and Scientific missions.
An ITAR free configuration is also available, increasing the Sensor exportability.
The APSS is an high accuracy/large FOV digital sun sensor based on APS detector, to be used on board telecommunication satellites, as well as for scientific missions.
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The project is divided into the following main phases:
The qualification campaign of the APSS EQM unit (in the Default Slow Mode configuration) has been completed.