PROBA-2 Exploration Camera

MCSE has developed a Digital Space Micro-Camera and electronics for the PROBA-2 Mission of the European Space Agency

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ESA Mission
Launch: 2 November 2009
Orbit: LEO Sun-synchronous
Altitude: 725 km
Spacecraft mass: 127 kg
Technology demonstrations
Science payload for solar observation and plasma measurement

The X-CAM is a powerful micro-camera with advanced features, equipped with wide-angle optics.

The instrument features are :

  • Field of view: 100°
  • 16 bits A/D conversion
  • Embedded lossless image compression
  • Autoexposure capability
  • Multiple images storage capacity
  • Local temperature measurement
  • 10 Mbits/s data rate
  • Power consumption: 1.8 W
  • Camera mass with bracket: 221 g
  • Dedicated electronics for data handling and power management