First camera in space


XCAM camera electronics has recently been launched into space on the UK Space Agency's first Cube Satellite.

The camera, called C3D, was led by the Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) at the Open University. C3D houses three new CMOS sensors from e2v technologies into a design which will both take pictures of the earth and enable investigations of the impact of space radiation damage on the detectors. XCAM was responsible for the development and manufacture of the camera control electronics which uses state-of-the-art components, including a powerful FPGA to both control the CMOS sensors and to communicate with the main spacecraft computer.

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