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Design and development of the SIRTF cryogenic telescope assembly (CTA)
Author(s): Jeffrey H. Lee; William Blalock; Robert J. Brown; Stephen M. Volz; Thomas Yarnell; Richard A. Hopkins
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Paper Abstract

NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is a 1- meter class cryogenically-cooled space observatory currently in the design and development phase. It is planned for launch in December 2001 by a Delta rocket into a heliocentric orbit. The SIRTF Observatory is comprised of the Cryogenic Telescope Assembly (CTA), the Spacecraft, and the three Science Instruments. The CTA has an 85 cm diameter aperture telescope which is cooled to its lowest operating temperature of 5.5 K by effluent vapor from the 360-liter superfluid helium cryostat. The three Science Instruments, which span an operating wavelength range from 3 to 180 micrometers , will be maintained at a temperature of 1.4 K inside the cryostat. The required SIRTF mission lifetime is >= 2.5 years. The CTA system and subsystem design as well as their technical challenges are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 1998
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3435, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VIII, (17 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323736
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Jeffrey H. Lee, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
William Blalock, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Robert J. Brown, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Stephen M. Volz, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Thomas Yarnell, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Richard A. Hopkins, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3435:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VIII
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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