Optical designs for the Mars '03 rover cameras

Gregory Hallock Smith, Edward C. Hagerott, Lawrence M. Scherr, Kenneth E. Herkenhoff, James Bell

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In 2003, NASA is planning to send two robotic rover vehicles to explore the surface of Mars. The spacecraft will land on airbags in different, carefully chosen locations. The search for evidence indicating conditions favorable for past or present life will be a high priority.Each rover will carry a total of ten cameras of five various types. There will be a stereo pair of color panoramic cameras, a stereo pair of wide-field navigation cameras, one close-up camera on a movable arm, two stereo pairs of fisheye cameras for hazard avoidance, and one Sun sensor camera. This paper discusses the lenses for these cameras. Included are the specifications, design approaches, expected optical performances, prescriptions, and tolerances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsR.E. Fischer, R. Barry Johnson, W.J. Smith
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventCurrent Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering II - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 30 2001Jul 30 2001


OtherCurrent Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Cameras
  • JPL
  • Lens design
  • Mars
  • Optical engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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