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The value of space applications with miniaturized instruments

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Author: Laan, E.
Institution: TNO Industrie en Techniek
Source:61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010, 27 September 2010 through 1 October 2010, Prague., 7, 5854-5858
Identifier: 430694
ISBN: 9781617823688
Keywords: Aviation · Physics & Electronics · SSE - Space Systems Engineering · TS - Technical Sciences


Integrated applications based on Earth-observation, telecommunication and navigation capabilities, both from Space and from terrestrial and in-door assets, will call for smaller satellite systems providing higher revisit times. This trend will only materialize in case instrument and satellite platform technology can keep up. Amongst others, micro-thrusters and miniaturized star-trackers and sun-sensors are enabling technologies with respect to the necessary satellite platform technologies. Nano- and microphotonic devices could potentially revolutionize space instrumentation once the challenge of coupling light into wave-guides on chips has been met and overcome. Copyright ©2010 by the International Astronautical Federation. All rights reserved.