The Redwire Coarse Analog Sun Sensor (CASS) contains a 2-segment solar cell for attitude determination. Each cell segment generates a short circuit current (ISC) proportional to illumination intensity. These two currents are processed at the spacecraft level to indicate sun angle α and sun presence. The CASS unit is Rad hard to more than 100 krad (Si). It is characterized by 1 measurement axis, and can be delivered with or without a built in amplifier.
Key applications of Redwire's CASS include:
- Solar-Array Pointing
- Sun Acquisition
- Fail-Safe Recovery
- Satellite Despin
The CASS has flight heritage on a slew of space missions, including:
- AKATSUKI (Venus Climate Orbiter)
- GALAXY 16
- INTELSAT-V and VII
- SIRIUS XM RADIO
Sun Sensors are export controlled through an ECCN (Export Control Classification Number) issued by the United States Department of Commerce, ECCN 7A104. Export shipment requires successful application for an export license. Redwire is AS9100D/ISO 9001 certified.
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Last updated: 2021-11-22