A High Resolution Short-Wave Near IR Imager for the Ames K-10 Rover

Project: Research project

Project Details


Statement of Work and Proposed Budget Development of a Miniature NIR Camera We propose to design, fabricate, and test a smaller (<6 cube), lightweight (< 1kg), low power CCD imaging system that will acquire visible (VIS) and near-infrared (SWIR) images The heart of the proposed imaging system will be a Point Grey Chameleon monochrome (http://www.ptgrey.com/products/chameleon/chameleon_usb_camera.asp) commercial CCD camera equipped with a ICX445 1/3 EXview HAD CCD. The camera will be connected to a custom filter wheel that is being fabricated at Arizona State University (Figures 1 and 2). Image acquisition, filter wheel control, and onboard image processing will be performed using a Pandaboard single-board computer (http://pandaboard.org/). The filters and software will mimic the larger NIRcamera that ASU is fabricating for NASA Ames. The entire system will use an external 12V DC power supply and will use 1A of current. The external housing will have appropriate mount points for mounting on a Biclops Pan-tilt head and also suitable mounting holes for a tripod mount. After acquisition, images will be converted to the FITS file format (*.fits). Image labels will be populated with relevant information about exposure time, filter, and pointing geometry so that they can be processed through a simple, rudimentary calibration pipeline and can be mosaicked and analyzed.
Effective start/end date1/12/115/31/13


  • National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA): $59,403.00


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