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Development of the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
Author(s): David B. Gallagher; Larry L. Simmons
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Paper Abstract

The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is in the middle of the development phase and on track for a December, 2001 launch. This exciting mission takes advantage of innovative engineering choices to make groundbreaking science available in a cost-effective way. SIRTF, the fourth of NASA's Great Observations, takes advantage of tremendous advances in infrared sensor technology as well as a high level of observatory efficiency in order to promise a rich scientific legacy. The presentation provides an overview of the SIRTF Project and describes the Cryogenic Telescope, Science Instruments, and Spacecraft. In addition, investigation opportunities for the scientific community are described. A detailed report on the current status and future plans is also provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393970
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David B. Gallagher, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Larry L. Simmons, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4013:
UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
James B. Breckinridge; Peter Jakobsen, Editor(s)

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