SMART-1 Mission Facts & Figures

  • Launch: 27 Sept. 2003
  • End of mission: 3 Sept. 2006
  • Spacecraft: 1 m3, 370 kg
  • Objectives: testing solar-electric propulsion and other deep-space technologies, and making lunar scientific investigations
  • Orbit: 16-month transfer orbit from GTO to lunar orbit, then polar elliptical orbit ranging from 300 to 10 000 km

AMIE on board SMART-1

Complete AMIE imaging system composed of a camera unit and a dedicated electronics unit.

Micro-Cameras & Space Exploration has developed, in the frame of SMART-1, the first European mission to the Moon, the imaging system AMIE (Advanced Moon micro-Imager Experiment).

Hadley Rille near the Apennine Mountains taken by AMIE/SMART-1 on 10 January 2006.

The AMIE imaging system is constituted of two units, a camera unit and a dedicated electronics unit. The camera includes a tele-objective with a 5.3°x5.3° field of view and an imaging sensor of 1024x1024 pixels. The dedicated electronic unit insures the following functions:

  1. data control and power management of the camera;
  2. image data storage into a mass memory buffer;
  3. data control and power management of a cube Micro-DPU (compression);
  4. communication with the S/C through the S/C CAN Bus Interface;
  5. adaptation of the S/C supply voltage (S/C Power Bus Interface) to the levels required by its electronics and the camera.

The instrument performances are :

  • 5.3° x 5.3° FOV, Images 45km x 45km at 500km, resolution 45m/pixel at 500km
  • Powerful Image Compression Unit → high data compression rate
  • Power Supply I/F Board
  • System Control Unit: µP Board, buffer memory...
  • Specific radiation shielding
  • Total Mass 2kg