CMOS and CCD image sensors for space applications

Jerram, P. and Stefanov, K. (2020). CMOS and CCD image sensors for space applications. In: Durini, Daniel ed. High Performance Silicon Imaging (Second Edition): Fundamentals and Applications of CMOS and CCD Sensors. Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials. Woodhead Publishing, pp. 255–287.



This chapter discusses the use of complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) and charge-coupled device (CCD) sensors for imaging from the space. The imaging techniques and the specific requirements for image sensor application onboard spacecraft are discussed in detail, including time delay integration (TDI), hyperspectral imaging, radiation hardness, and system considerations. Specific examples of CMOS and CCD sensor architectures and applications for Earth observation, star and Sun tracking, solar system exploration, astronomy, and science are presented. The future trends in space imaging and sensor developments are described as well.

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