Airbus Defence and Space


Broad angle sun sensor

Robust, flight proven and largely used equipment

This Broad Angle Sun Sensor (BASS) is used on a high number of satellites as acquisition and emergency sensor.

Features / technical details

The major technical performance are as follows :

  • 360° field of view
  • 2 axes, redonded,
  • 1° accuracy on axis
  • linear on +/- 17°,
  • mass : 150 g


Potentially all spacecraft, for Sun Acquisition.

Reference customers

This BASS is used on most of the AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE Telecom, Earth observation and Science spacecraft:

  • Eurostar 2000 and 3000 families for Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, …
  • SPOT, HELIOS, ENVISAT, METOP, and export
  • SOHO, ODIN, µ-Sats/CNES