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Science instrumentation for the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer
Author(s): Scott M. Bailey; Charles A. Barth; Michael J. Erickson; Richard A. Kohnert; Aimee W. Merkel; Erica M. Rodgers; Stanley C. Solomon; Stanley D. Straight; James E. Vian; Thomas N. Woods
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Paper Abstract

The student nitric oxide explorer (SNOE) is a small satellite to be designed built and operated at the University of Colorado under the student explorer demonstration initiative from the University's Space Research Association (STEDI). The goal of the STEDI program is to demonstrate that low cost satellite missions can be done with large student involvement. The primary science goals of SNOE are to measure thermospheric nitric oxide (NO) and its variability over the lifetime of the mission. SNOE will also monitor the solar irradiance at soft x-ray wavelengths and the auroral energy deposition at high latitudes. Three science instruments are required to achieve the simultaneous measurements: an ultraviolet spectrometer for NO; a solar soft x-ray photometer; and a far ultraviolet photometer for studying the aurora. The instruments are designed to represent a minimum impact on the spacecraft, particularly in terms of data storage and interactions with the command and data handling system. The focus of this paper is the outline of the design of the science instruments. We discuss why these instruments are well suited for smaller, lower cost satellite missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2830, Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research II, (31 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256119
Show Author Affiliations
Scott M. Bailey, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Charles A. Barth, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Michael J. Erickson, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Richard A. Kohnert, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Aimee W. Merkel, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Erica M. Rodgers, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Stanley C. Solomon, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Stanley D. Straight, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
James E. Vian, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Thomas N. Woods, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2830:
Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research II
Paul B. Hays; Jinxue Wang, Editor(s)

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