One of the many places you'll find our mission critical Sun Sensors is as part of the ongoing Mars Rover program. This picture of the Martian surface is courtesy of NASA and hangs in our lobby. A humbling reminder that hardware produced in our facility is now 140 million miles away.

Coarse Sun Sensors

Sun Sensors for 
Attitude and
Guidance Control

High Accuracy, Radiation Hardened, Unmatched Relaibility

Reliability that's universal

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Established in 1957, Adcole has been at the technological forefront of space exploration since the dawn of the space age. Renowned for their accuracy and ability to perform under extreme conditions, Adcole Sun Sensors have flown on nearly every major space mission and have been relied on by most LEO and GEO satellites for attitude and guidance control. 
ADCOLE hardware on Mars and beyond

Sun Sensors Model Types

Sun Sensors

Our sun sensors are customized to meet the unique requirements of every mission, including: 

  • Field of View

  • Accuracy

  • Power

    • Standard 28 V and 70 V power busses available; any other input voltage range easily implemented

  • Data Interfaces

    • MIL STD 1553, RS-422, Custom UART, and Single-Ended Serial, and Parallel interfaces are available

  • Unique Environmental / Operational Requirements

Maryland Location:

2145 Priest Bridge Dr, Ste15
Crofton, MD 21114

Telephone: (410) 451-2505
Fax: (410) 451-2507

Massachusetts Location:

669 Forest Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

Telephone: (508) 485-9100
Fax: (508) 481-6142

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Adcole - Established 1957: From the dawn of the space age to the forefront of the New Space Revolution. 

Heritage and mission History 

Reliable, affordable SmallSats, CubeSats , ADACS and New Space components.