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DIY Instruments for Amateur Space

What can you measure and what are your limits when orbiting in space? Learn about what physical quantities you can measure and what types of sensors you can buy or build. We cover the 5 essential design limits as well: power, bandwidth, resolution, computing… and legal limitations. Explore what you can play with using your own personal satellite.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Understanding Measurement
Chapter 2. Introduction to Instruments
Chapter 3. By Wavelength
Chapter 4. Fundamental Detector Types
Chapter 5. Detectors and Instruments and Sensors, Oh My!
Chapter 6. Colors and Brightness
Chapter 7. Resolution, By the Numbers
Chapter 8. Noise
Chapter 9. Calibration
Chapter 10. Protocols
Chapter 11. Instrument Modes
Chapter 12. Off-the-Shelf Sensor Hardware
Chapter 13. Committing, Freezing, Moving Forward

Book Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Make (March 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449310648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449310646
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