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Plans for the prelaunch calibration of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph
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Paper Abstract

The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph is a second generation ultraviolet and visible light spectrograph being developed by NASA for installation on the Hubble Space Telescope during the planned 1997 servicing mission. The current schedule calls for the instrument to be completed in the spring of 1996, with an extensive period of functional, environmental, and calibration tests during the summer. A calibration plan has been developed to ensure that the basic performance characteristics of this versatile instrument will be verified and documented before launch, and that the necessary operational and data reduction databases will be adequatley populated. Our strategies to measure the radiometric sensitivity, flat-field response, dispersion relations, resolving power, scattered light, slit functions, and other properties are described. As the execution of the calibration program is still over a year away (at the time of the conference at which this paper was presented), discussion and suggestions from the engineering and scientific communities will be welcomed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2478, Space Telescopes and Instruments, (2 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210946
Show Author Affiliations
Dennis Charles Ebbets, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Mary Elizabeth Kaiser, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Bruce E. Woodgate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Randy A. Kimble, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Don J. Lindler, Advanced Computer Concepts, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2478:
Space Telescopes and Instruments
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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