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The Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER): design and development
Author(s): Keith C. Gendreau; Zaven Arzoumanian; Phillip W. Adkins; Cheryl L. Albert; John F. Anders; Andrew T. Aylward; Charles L. Baker; Erin R. Balsamo; William A. Bamford; Suyog S. Benegalrao; Daniel L. Berry; Shiraz Bhalwani; J. Kevin Black; Carl Blaurock; Ginger M. Bronke; Gary L. Brown; Jason G. Budinoff; Jeffrey D. Cantwell; Thoniel Cazeau; Philip T. Chen; Thomas G. Clement; Andrew T. Colangelo; Jerry S. Coleman; Jonathan D. Coopersmith; William E. Dehaven; John P. Doty; Mark D. Egan; Teruaki Enoto; Terry W.-M. Fan; Deneen M. Ferro; Richard Foster; Nicholas M. Galassi; Luis D. Gallo; Chris M. Green; Dave Grosh; Kong Q. Ha; Monther A. Hasouneh; Kristofer B. Heefner; Phyllis Hestnes; Lisa J. Hoge; Tawanda M. Jacobs; John L. Jørgensen; Michael A. Kaiser; James W. Kellogg; Steven J. Kenyon; Richard G. Koenecke; Robert P. Kozon; Beverly LaMarr; Mike D. Lambertson; Anne M. Larson; Steven Lentine; Jesse H. Lewis; Michael G. Lilly; Kuochia Alice Liu; Andrew Malonis; Sridhar S. Manthripragada; Craig B. Markwardt; Bryan D. Matonak; Isaac E. Mcginnis; Roger L. Miller; Alissa L. Mitchell; Jason W. Mitchell; Jelila S. Mohammed; Charles A. Monroe; Kristina M. Montt de Garcia; Peter D. Mulé; Louis T. Nagao; Son N. Ngo; Eric D. Norris; Dwight A. Norwood; Joseph Novotka; Takashi Okajima; Lawrence G. Olsen; Chimaobi O. Onyeachu; Henry Y. Orosco; Jacqualine R. Peterson; Kristina N. Pevear; Karen K. Pham; Sue E. Pollard; John S. Pope; Daniel F. Powers; Charles E. Powers; Samuel R. Price; Gregory Y. Prigozhin; Julian B. Ramirez; Winston J. Reid; Ronald A. Remillard; Eric M. Rogstad; Glenn P. Rosecrans; John N. Rowe; Jennifer A. Sager; Claude A. Sanders; Bruce Savadkin; Maxine R. Saylor; Alexander F. Schaeffer; Nancy S. Schweiss; Sean R. Semper; Peter J. Serlemitsos; Larry V. Shackelford; Yang Soong; Jonathan Struebel; Michael L. Vezie; Joel S. Villasenor; Luke B. Winternitz; George I. Wofford; Michael R. Wright; Mike Y. Yang; Wayne H. Yu
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Paper Abstract

During 2014 and 2015, NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission proceeded success- fully through Phase C, Design and Development. An X-ray (0.2-12 keV) astrophysics payload destined for the International Space Station, NICER is manifested for launch in early 2017 on the Commercial Resupply Services SpaceX-11 flight. Its scientific objectives are to investigate the internal structure, dynamics, and energetics of neutron stars, the densest objects in the universe. During Phase C, flight components including optics, detectors, the optical bench, pointing actuators, electronics, and others were subjected to environmental testing and integrated to form the flight payload. A custom-built facility was used to co-align and integrate the X-ray "con- centrator" optics and silicon-drift detectors. Ground calibration provided robust performance measures of the optical (at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) and detector (at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) subsystems, while comprehensive functional tests prior to payload-level environmental testing met all instrument performance requirements. We describe here the implementation of NICER's major subsystems, summarize their performance and calibration, and outline the component-level testing that was successfully applied.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99051H (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231304
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Keith C. Gendreau, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Zaven Arzoumanian, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. Space Research Association (United States)
Phillip W. Adkins, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Cheryl L. Albert, AS&D (United States)
John F. Anders, InuTeq (United States)
Andrew T. Aylward, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles L. Baker, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Erin R. Balsamo, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
William A. Bamford, Emergent Space Technologies (United States)
Suyog S. Benegalrao, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Daniel L. Berry, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Shiraz Bhalwani, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. Kevin Black, Rock Creek Scientific (United States)
Carl Blaurock, Nightsky Systems, Inc. (United States)
Ginger M. Bronke, SGT Inc. (United States)
Gary L. Brown, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jason G. Budinoff, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey D. Cantwell, SGT Inc. (United States)
Thoniel Cazeau, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Philip T. Chen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Thomas G. Clement, AS&D (United States)
Andrew T. Colangelo, ATA Aerospace (United States)
Jerry S. Coleman, Orbital ATK (United States)
Jonathan D. Coopersmith, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
William E. Dehaven, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
John P. Doty, Noqsi Aerospace, Ltd. (United States)
Mark D. Egan, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Teruaki Enoto, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Terry W.-M. Fan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Deneen M. Ferro, SGT Inc. (United States)
Richard Foster, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Nicholas M. Galassi, SGT Inc. (United States)
Luis D. Gallo, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Chris M. Green, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dave Grosh, Raytheon (United States)
Kong Q. Ha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Monther A. Hasouneh, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kristofer B. Heefner, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
Phyllis Hestnes, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lisa J. Hoge, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tawanda M. Jacobs, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John L. Jørgensen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Michael A. Kaiser, ATA Aerospace (United States)
James W. Kellogg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steven J. Kenyon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard G. Koenecke, ADNET Systems, Inc. (United States)
Robert P. Kozon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Beverly LaMarr, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Mike D. Lambertson, Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc. (United States)
Anne M. Larson, Orbital ATK (United States)
Steven Lentine, Chesapeake Aerospace (United States)
Jesse H. Lewis, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael G. Lilly, InuTeq (United States)
Kuochia Alice Liu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Andrew Malonis, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Sridhar S. Manthripragada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Craig B. Markwardt, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Bryan D. Matonak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Isaac E. Mcginnis, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Roger L. Miller, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alissa L. Mitchell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jason W. Mitchell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jelila S. Mohammed, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles A. Monroe, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kristina M. Montt de Garcia, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter D. Mulé, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Louis T. Nagao, Orbital ATK (United States)
Son N. Ngo, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Eric D. Norris, Telophase (United States)
Dwight A. Norwood, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joseph Novotka, AS&D (United States)
Takashi Okajima, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lawrence G. Olsen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Chimaobi O. Onyeachu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Henry Y. Orosco, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
Jacqualine R. Peterson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kristina N. Pevear, AS&D (United States)
Karen K. Pham, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Sue E. Pollard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John S. Pope, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
Daniel F. Powers, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles E. Powers, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Samuel R. Price, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gregory Y. Prigozhin, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Julian B. Ramirez, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Winston J. Reid, Boeing (United States)
Ronald A. Remillard, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Eric M. Rogstad, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Glenn P. Rosecrans, SGT Inc. (United States)
John N. Rowe, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
Jennifer A. Sager, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
Claude A. Sanders, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
Bruce Savadkin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Maxine R. Saylor, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
Alexander F. Schaeffer, Sierra Lobo (United States)
Nancy S. Schweiss, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Sean R. Semper, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter J. Serlemitsos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Larry V. Shackelford, Microtel (United States)
Yang Soong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. Space Research Association (United States)
Jonathan Struebel, Moog Broad Reach Engineering (United States)
Michael L. Vezie, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Joel S. Villasenor, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Luke B. Winternitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
George I. Wofford, designAmerica (United States)
Michael R. Wright, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mike Y. Yang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Wayne H. Yu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9905:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Tadayuki Takahashi; Marshall Bautz, Editor(s)

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