Coarse Sun Sensor Pyramid

Overview

The Coarse Sun Sensor (CSS) Pyramid is a 2 axis sensor containing  four  detectors,  used for applications including solar array pointing, sun acquisition, and failsafe recovery.

Over 1,000 Adcole Analog Sun Sensors have been deployed on hundreds of spacecraft since the 1960s. Analog Sun Sensors provide a very large field of view with less accuracy than Adcole’s Digital Sun Sensors.

Adcole Space is able to design baffles to accommodate nearly any unique Field of View (FOV) requirements your mission requires.

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Key Specifications

Applications

  • Solar-Array Pointing
  • Sun Acquisition
  • Fail-Safe Recovery

Parameters

Field of View

2π steradian plus

Accuracy

±1° at Null (typically)

±5° throughout linear range

Size

Mounting Base
2.3″×2.3″ (58×58) mm

With Baffles
3.5″×3.5″×1.7″ (89×89×43 mm)

Weight

0.29 lb (0.13 kg) nominal

Input Power

None

Peak Output

500 μA to 1300 μA, each detector

Configuration

Number of Measurement Axes

2

Number of Detectors

4 per bracket

Other Bracket Configurations

2,6,8 detectors per bracket