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Sun-synchronous orbit mission for passively cooled reconnaissance of the interstellar medium
Author(s): Jonathan W. Campbell; John Fikes; Mark Gerry; Jim McCarter; Harold Blevins; William D. Jones; Donald E. Williams; Holly Chandler; Allen Green; Terry Schmitt; Linda Vestal; Belinda Wright; John Larkin Jackson; R. Greg Schunk; Ken Swaim; Susan Spencer; Charles M. Telesco; Seppo Laine; Timothy G. Hawarden; Charles R. Taylor; Russell A. Chipman; Richard T. Parmley
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Paper Abstract

The Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama, in a teaming arrangement with the University of Florida, Gainesville, and the Joint Astronomy Center, Hawaii, has completed a comprehensive investigation into the feasibility of a low-cost infrared space astronomy mission. This mission would map the emission of molecular hydrogen in our galaxy at two or three previously inaccessible mid-IR wavelengths, and provide information on the temperatures. The feasibility of the low-cost mission hinged on whether a thermal design could be found which would allow sufficient passive cooling of the telescope to elimiate the need for a large, expensive dewar. An approach has been found which can provide telescope temperatures on the order of 50 K, which makes the mission feasible at low cost in low-Earth orbit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2553, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing III, (29 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.221356
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan W. Campbell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John Fikes, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark Gerry, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jim McCarter, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Harold Blevins, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William D. Jones, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Donald E. Williams, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Holly Chandler, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Allen Green, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Terry Schmitt, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Linda Vestal, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Belinda Wright, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John Larkin Jackson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. Greg Schunk, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ken Swaim, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Susan Spencer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles M. Telesco, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Seppo Laine, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Timothy G. Hawarden, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Charles R. Taylor, Pacific Univ. (United States)
Russell A. Chipman, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Richard T. Parmley, Lockheed Martin Palo Alto Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2553:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing III
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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