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Alignment and test results of the QuickBird telescope using the Ball Optical System Test Facility
Author(s): John W. Figoski
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Paper Abstract

The QuickBird telescope is a large-aperture, high-resolution instrument that produces panchromatic and multispectral images of the earth. It has been successfully aligned and is now undergoing final performance verification tests. To help create this unique instrument, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has invested in the development of a facility to help reduce the time and expense typically associated with the assembly, alignment, and test of complex systems. This facility offers an integrated capability for interferometric alignment and testing of large telescopes, end-to-end image characterization including flight focal plane and electronics, Modulation Transfer Function testing, effective focal length and distortion testing, and radiometric calibration. This paper describes the overall capability of this facility and uses actual data from the alignment and test of the QuickBird telescope to demonstrate the successful completion of that instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3785, Advanced Telescope Design, Fabrication, and Control, (29 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.367607
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John W. Figoski, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3785:
Advanced Telescope Design, Fabrication, and Control
William Roybal, Editor(s)

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