Space-based camera systems

Peter H. Smith

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


With 40 years of experience with space instrumentation, I reflect on the rigors of designing cameras for stringent environmental hazards. The fundamental knowledge of optics instilled in me as a student at the Optical Science Center gave me the basis for my career. Jim Wyant is the first name that comes to mind from those formative years in the 70’s. A decade later, I became an employee of WYKO helping with the phase-shifting interferometers that his company produced. As a final gesture, Jim allowed me to complete my education in 2009 (32 years after my Master’s degree) as my PhD advisor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTribute to James C. Wyant
Subtitle of host publicationThe Extraordinaire in Optical Metrology and Optics Education
EditorsVirendra N. Mahajan, Daewook Kim
ISBN (Electronic)9781510644649
StatePublished - 2021
EventTribute to James C. Wyant: The Extraordinaire in Optical Metrology and Optics Education 2021 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 2 2021Aug 3 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceTribute to James C. Wyant: The Extraordinaire in Optical Metrology and Optics Education 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • James C. Wyant
  • Mars
  • Multi-spectral cameras
  • Planetary missions
  • Space instrumentation
  • Titan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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