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WAOSS - The Spaceborne Stereo Camera WAOSS for the Mars96 Mission
The Wide-Angle Optoelectronic Stereo Scanner WAOSS is a three CCD line pushbroom stereo camera (see figure 3). It was developed for the Russian Mars96 mission to study the atmosphere and the surface of Mars, especially scientific objectives like synoptic imaging of weather phenomena, and global topographic mapping. Real time control of camera parameters was implemented to guarantee a high quality of WAOSS images. WAOSS was developed under low mass, volume, and power consumption budgets, severe restriction of data rates and volumes, but with a high reliability for at least two years operation in Mars orbit. After the Mars96 failure WAOSS proved its quality onboard the DLR BIRD mission.
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