A new lunar camera was born in Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOE) for Chang’e 3. The camera is now being tested after being integrated with Lunar Satellite Payload Subsystem. It takes three years to complete the camera.
The camera is one of the important payloads of Chang’e 3, it will take 360° color images of lunar surface and monitor rover vehicle, to provide information about the rover vehicle to researchers. Compared to other cameras, it is featured in small size, light weight, low power dissipation.
The camera can work in 120℃ high temperature in the day time on the moon, it can provide high quality dynamic and static image despite the effect of varying of altitude angle of the sun on camera. The static images will be sent back directly through specific channel, and the dynamic images will be compressed to 1:20 and then transmitted to the ground. The real-time images will reach the earth within permission delay time.
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