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Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) acousto-optical spectrometer
Author(s): Markus Klumb; Johannes Frerick; Volker Tolls; Rudolf T. Schieder; Gisbert F. Winnewisser
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Paper Abstract

The first fully space qualified acousto-optical spectrometer (AOS) is described. It is built for the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) to be launched in July 1995. It has a very large bandwidth from 1400 to 2800 MHz covered by 1365 channels. This corresponds to a nearly 1 MHz channel spacing. The design is optimized for very high stability, which is demonstrated by means of Allan variance stability test. The Allan plot minimum time was found well above 800 seconds. The AOS can operate within a temperature range from -5 to +30 degree(s)C (+5 to +25 degree(s)C nominal) and with temperature variations of up to 2 degree(s)C/h. The performance was verified also after environmental testing such as random vibration (10.2 G rms) and thermal cycling of -30 to +50 degree(s)C. The lightweight mechanical design resulted in a total weight of 7.2 kg including electronics. A detailed optical design study was performed in order to achieve diffraction limited channel resolution, high efficiency and low sensitivity to mechanical distortion. The RF input power needed for full scale is 11 mW. The power consumption is 5.4 Watts (including data pre-averaging and DC-DC converter losses). The development has shown that AOSs are well suited for spaceborne applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2268, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing II, (14 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.185841
Show Author Affiliations
Markus Klumb, Univ. zu Koeln (Germany)
Johannes Frerick, Univ. zu Koeln (Germany)
Volker Tolls, Univ. zu Koeln (Germany)
Rudolf T. Schieder, Univ. zu Koeln (Germany)
Gisbert F. Winnewisser, Univ. zu Koeln (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2268:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing II
Marija S. Scholl, Editor(s)

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