NewSpace Systems' NFSS-411 Fine Sun Sensor is TRL 9 with demonstrated in-orbit lifetimes of >5 years in LEO. To date, over 150 of the NFSS-411 units have been delivered globally.
The front surface of the NewSpace Systems (NSS) NFSS-411 sensor is a synthetic sapphire window with a reflective metal coating beneath. Slits are etched in the metal and sunlight passes through them and through an optical filter onto a sensor. The charge on the photo-sensors are read by the microcontroller, which processes the image and computes the sun vector. The vector and other telemetry is returned to the spacecraft through the serial interface.
Key features of the NFSS-411 include:
- Low mass
- Low power
- Digital architecture
- Embedded calibration
The NFSS-411 can be used in a range of applications, including:
- Accurate determination of sun-angle
- Can be used in conjunction with a magnetometer for simple attitude control
- Can be used as safe-mode sensors on gyro or star-mapper controlled systems
- Four sensors can achieve full sky coverage
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Last updated: 2021-09-07