Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System

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OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System) is the main scientific imaging system on the orbiter of the ESA spacecraft Rosetta. It was built by a consortium led by the German Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research.

OSIRIS was approved as an instrument for the spacecraft in 1996.[1] It was launched in 2004 on Rosetta and was used until that mission concluded with the deactivation of the Rosetta spacecraft on the comet 67/P in September 2016.[2][3]

The OSIRIS has two camera's with a different field of view, but each is a digital camera using a CCD.[4] Each camera has a resolution of 2048 by 2048 pixels and uses the same type of CCD.[5] The CCD's are supported by two Digital Signal Processors that use solid state memory.[6] The computer used the VIRTUOSO operating system.[7]

OSIRIS is two cameras in one instrument:[8]

  • Narrow angle camera with a field of view of 2.4 by 2.4 degrees
  • Wide angle camera with a field of view of 12 by 12 degrees

It was launched on the Rosetta spacecraft in 2004, and first used in space in May 2004.[9]

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Rosetta Grand Finale. Livestream. 30 September 2016. Event occurs at 01:02:19-01:13:35. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
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