With image sensors from ON Semiconductor used in space missions to other planets, it’s not surprising that our image sensor technology can also be found closer to home in commercial satellites that orbit the Earth. Since these satellites don’t need to leave Earth orbit, they can be designed with quite impressive capabilities, with the detailed images they capture used in applications as diverse as urban planning, the mapping of natural resources, and evacuation planning and disaster response.
As discussed earlier, the Mars rover Curiosity uses KAI-2020 image sensors in its scientific cameras to better understand the geological history of the planet and capture stunning panoramas of the Martian landscape (as well as some pretty neat selfies). And while the images coming from Curiosity are undoubtedly impressive, this actually isn’t the first time our image sensors have landed on the surface of another planet. The story begins in 1997, when KAI-0371 image sensors from Eastman Kodak’s image sensor group (now part of ON Semiconductor) were used as the “eyes” of the Mars rover Sojourner. This was the first rover to explore the surface of Mars, and these image sensors enabled the rover to see its way across the Martian terrain and capture color images of the ground and soil.
The 41st annual GOMAC Tech conference is in full swing. Each year hundreds of government and industry professionals attend this conference to discuss what was, what is and what’s next for government electronics. What better way to escape winter than to converge on the Orlando Wyndham Resort in Orlando, Florida. Grapefruit league baseball, stunning golf and a variety of theme parks provide the perfect backdrop for this gathering.