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Science instrument interfaces on SOFIA
Author(s): Edwin F. Erickson
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Paper Abstract

SOFIA will permit observations not possible from ground based telescopes, while retaining a number of their major advantages for observers. These include the opportunity to change focal plane instruments frequently, and continuous access to the instrument while observing. SOFIA is being designed to maximize the benefits of these features and to assure optimum performance of the instruments, within the constraints of available resources. This paper describes the top level optical, mechanical, and electronic interface parameters and configuration issues foreseen for Science Instruments on SOFIA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317296
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Edwin F. Erickson, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3354:
Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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