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Recent developments with the Mars Observer Camera graphite/epoxy structure
Author(s): Arthur R. Telkamp
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Paper Abstract

The Mars Observer Camera (MOC) is one of the instruments aboard the Mars Observer Spacecraft to be launched not later than September 1992, whose mission is to geologically and climatologically map the Martian surface and atmosphere over a period of one Martian year. This paper discusses the events in the development of MOC that took place in the past two years, with special attention given to the implementation of thermal blankets, shields, and thermal control paints to limit solar absorption while controlling stray light; vibration testing of Flight Unit No.1; and thermal expansion testing. Results are presented of thermal-vac testing Flight Unit No. 1. It was found that, although the temperature profiles were as predicted, the thermally-induced focus displacements were not.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1992
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1690, Design of Optical Instruments, (16 September 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137994
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Arthur R. Telkamp, OCA Applied Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1690:
Design of Optical Instruments
David M. Aikens; Victor L. Genberg; Gary C. Krumweide; Michael J. Thomas, Editor(s)

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