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Ambient optomechanical alignment and pupil metrology for the flight instruments aboard the James Webb Space Telescope
Author(s): Phillip Coulter; Alexander Beaton; Jeffery S. Gum; Theodore J. Hadjimichael; Joseph E. Hayden; Susann Hummel; Jason E. Hylan; David Lee; Timothy J. Madison; Michael Maszkiewicz; Kyle F. Mclean; Joseph McMann; Markus Melf; Linda Miner; Raymond G. Ohl; Kevin Redman; Andreas Roedel; Paul Schweiger; Maurice Te Plate; Martyn Wells; Greg W. Wenzel; Patrick K. Williams; Jerrod Young
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Paper Abstract

While efforts within the optics community focus on the development of high-quality systems and data products, comparatively little attention is paid to their use. Our standards for verification and validation are high; but in some user domains, standards are either lax or do not exist at all. In forensic imagery analysis, for example, standards exist to judge image quality, but do not exist to judge the quality of an analysis. In litigation, a high quality analysis is by default the one performed by the victorious attorney’s expert. This paper argues for the need to extend quality standards into the domain of imagery analysis, which is expected to increase in national visibility and significance with the increasing deployment of unmanned aerial vehicle—UAV, or “drone”—sensors in the continental U. S.. It argues that like a good radiometric calibration, made as independent of the calibrated instrument as possible, a good analysis should be subject to standards the most basic of which is the separation of issues of scientific fact from analysis results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9195, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VIII, 91950G (8 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2065017
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Phillip Coulter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alexander Beaton, COM DEV International (Canada)
Jeffery S. Gum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Theodore J. Hadjimichael, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joseph E. Hayden, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Susann Hummel, EADS Astrium (Germany)
Jason E. Hylan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David Lee, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Timothy J. Madison, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael Maszkiewicz, Canadian Space Agency (Canada)
Kyle F. Mclean, QinetiQ North America (United States)
Joseph McMann, QinetiQ North America (United States)
Markus Melf, EADS Astrium (Germany)
Linda Miner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Raymond G. Ohl, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kevin Redman, QinetiQ North America (United States)
Andreas Roedel, EADS Astrium (Germany)
Paul Schweiger, Lockheed Martin Corp. (United States)
Maurice Te Plate, European Space Agency (United States)
Martyn Wells, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Greg W. Wenzel, QinetiQ North America (United States)
Patrick K. Williams, SGT, Inc. (United States)
Jerrod Young, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9195:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VIII
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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