Smallsat Sun Sensor

The smallest sun sensor in the Adcole Space product portfolio, the Adcole Space SmallSat Sun Sensor can be used for a variety of spacecraft missions requiring sun detection.

One of the smallest sun sensors available on the marketplace today, the SmallSat Sun Sensor provides a cosine output of the sun angle for small satellite applications. The product offers these advantages:

  • Extremely low mass
  • Low power requirement
  • Sensor provides UV and RAD tolerant device for sun angle applications
  • A single sun sensor provides the sun presence. A group of sun sensors appropriately mounted can provide sun angle data and polarity

The Micro Sun Sensor can be used for a variety of spacecraft missions requiring sun detection. The output of the Sun Sensor is analog voltage range from 0 to 2.1V, which can be fed into a microprocessor ADC.

A single sun sensor can provide sun presence information. A group of sun sensors appropriately mounted can provide coarse sun angle data and polarity.

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Micro Sun Sensor

Part Number: 83070

Dimensions: 23 mm x 15.3 mm x 6 mm

Mass w/o wires w/glass: < 2 grams

Mounting Holes: 4 x 0-80 Button Head Screws

Supply Voltage: 3.3 V or 5 V

Power Required: < 15 mW

Output @ 1 Solar Constant: 0 – 2.1 V

Field of View (FOV): ± 85° minimum