Digital Sun Sensors

Digital Sun Sensors (DSS)

Adcole Digital Sun Sensors provide a large field of view with moderate accuracy and resolution. Each system consists of one or more optical heads, each of which provides two axes of sun angle data. The ±64° DSS, when configured with five heads per electronics, can provide full spherical coverage (4π sr).

Adcole ±64° Digital Sun Sensors are used for attitude determination, sun acquisition, solar-array pointing and fail-safe recovery. Many systems have flown with 1 to 8 sensor heads per processing electronics.

Adcole ±32° Digital Sun Sensors provide better accuracy and resolution over a smaller field of view than the ±64° DSS. They are typically used for medium accuracy attitude determination. Systems can be configured with one or more optical heads per electronics.