Optical stimulators are available for every type of Adcole Sun Sensor. Each stimulator mechanically attaches to the sun sensor head, and contains LEDs that directly illuminate the solar cells of the sensor. The optical stimulator can demonstrate full operation of the sensor, although it is not intended to test full accuracy. Adcole stimulators are thermal vacuum compatible.
Each optical stimulator is cabled to a dedicated Stimulator Control Panel, which provides drive signals to each LED in the stimulator. The Control Panel contains front panel switches and controls for the stimulator(s), and is powered by a universal AC power input (85 to 265 VAC, 50/60 Hz). Stimulator cable lengths of up to 30 m (100 ft) can be accommodated.
If desired, the Control Panel can also accept remote commands from an external computer or other controlling device. A separate connector at the rear of the panel receives control signals from the external device, and sends stimulator status signals back.