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Design and performance analysis of the wide-field infrared explorer H2/H2 cryostat
Author(s): Brenda J. Costanzo; Philip A. Menteur; Scott H. Schick; W. G. Foster
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Paper Abstract

The wide-field infrared explorer (WIRE) is a small explorer (SMEX) mission that will fly in the fall of 1998. The WIRE mission proposes to conduct a 4-month survey of more than 100 degree2 of sky using 12- and 25-micrometers detectors. The instrument requires cryogenic cooling of its focal planes and telescope in order to achieve the required performance sensitivity. In addition, because of the SMEX nature of the experiment, the mass of the cryostat must be less than 60 kg. The most mass efficient system meeting the lifetime requirement was determined to be a dual stage H2/H2 cryostat. The focal planes are conductively cooled by the primary H2 while the telescope is cooled by the secondary H2. The secondary H2 also protects the primary H2 by intercepting the parasitic heat loads. This paper describes the design and performance of the H2/H2 cryostat.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2814, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VII, (14 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254137
Show Author Affiliations
Brenda J. Costanzo, Lockheed Martin Palo Alto Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Philip A. Menteur, Lockheed Martin Palo Alto Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Scott H. Schick, Utah State Univ. Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
W. G. Foster, Lockheed Martin Palo Alto Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2814:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VII
Lawrence G. Burriesci; James B. Heaney, Editor(s)

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