Development of a Novel Optical Camera Subsystem Onboard Sharjah-Sat-1 CubeSat

Oztekin O., AlKaabi T., Faroukh Y., Al-Sabt I., BinAshour M., Alansaari M., ...More

Conference on Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation V, Montreal, Canada, 17 - 22 July 2022, vol.12188 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 12188
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.2629356
  • City: Montreal
  • Country: Canada
  • Keywords: Remote Sensing, Earth Observation, Collimation, Calibration, Optics, Space based telescopes, Satellites, systems engineering, design of instruments
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Sharjah-Sat-1 is a 3U+ CubeSat currently being developed by the Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology (SAASST), University of Sharjah (UoS), Space Systems Design and Test lab of Istanbul Technical University (ITU), and Sabanci University (SU). The 3U+ CubeSat design is currently being integrated and validated with two payloads on board: (1) an improved X-ray Detector (iXRD) and (2) a system of two optical cameras. The mission's primary scientific objective is to observe bright and hard X-ray sources in our Galaxy and the solar coronal holes. The secondary payload, consisting of two optical cameras, is manufactured from commercially off-the-shelf lenses and COTS CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors which have not yet proven their space capabilities. The camera system will be utilized for remote sensing applications. The paper presents the manufacturing, calibration, and testing of the dual optical camera subsystem of Sharjah-Sat-1.