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SIRTF prototype telescope
Author(s): David Chaney; Robert J. Brown; Todd S. Shelton
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports the results of the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) prototype telescope build conducted by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. The components for the SIRTF prototype telescope were designed and built under NASA's Infrared Telescope Technology Testbed program; the build and subsequent test activities were conducted under NASA's SIRTF/CTA flight program. The flight mission of the telescope will be astronomical observations in the infrared spectrum, 3.5 micrometers to 180 micrometers . To facilitate these observations the telescope will be cooled to 5.5 Kelvin and placed in a solar orbit aboard the SIRTF spacecraft. The prototype was built to verify the structural and cryogenic performance of the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3785, Advanced Telescope Design, Fabrication, and Control, (29 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.367620
Show Author Affiliations
David Chaney, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Robert J. Brown, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Todd S. Shelton, 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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