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New home for NEAT on the 1.2m/B37 at AMOS
Author(s): David L. Talent; Riki Maeda; Steve Ray Walton; Paul F. Sydney; Yuling Hsu; Bruce A. Cameron; Paul W. Kervin; Eleanor F. Helin; Steven H. Pravdo; Kenneth Lawrence; David Rabinowitz
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Paper Abstract

The NASA/JPL Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) Program was in operation using the Maui GEODSS as its observing platform for about three years starting in late 1995 and continuing into 1998. In October of 1998 the NASA/AFSPC Near Earth Object Working Group (NEOWG) recommended that the NASA/JPL NEAT program be moved to the AMOS 1.2 m/B37 telescope. This paper describes the technical efforts that were required to facilitate the move. The task requirements specified that the modified 1.2 m/B37 system be capable of producing a field of view (FOV) greater than or equal to 1.4 degrees X 1.4 degrees at the NEAT camera focal plane. Further, it was specified that no modifications be made to the 1.2 m/B37 mirror or the NASA/JPL camera. Thus, activity focused on the development of suitable focal reduction optics (FRO). A new headring and spider, based on the original design, were also built to receive the NEAT FRO and the NASA/JPL camera. Operation of the NEAT system, for asteroid search and discovery, will be autonomous and remotely directed from NASA/JPL. Finally, the potential for use of the NEAT system as regards the satellite metric mission will also be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4091, Imaging Technology and Telescopes, (31 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405779
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Talent, Boeing/Rocketdyne Technical Services (United States)
Riki Maeda, Boeing/Rocketdyne Technical Services (United States)
Steve Ray Walton, Boeing/Rocketdyne Technical Services (United States)
Paul F. Sydney, Boeing/Rocketdyne Technical Services (United States)
Yuling Hsu, Boeing Co. (United States)
Bruce A. Cameron, Boeing Co. (United States)
Paul W. Kervin, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Eleanor F. Helin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steven H. Pravdo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kenneth Lawrence, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Rabinowitz, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4091:
Imaging Technology and Telescopes
James W. Bilbro; James B. Breckinridge; Mark J. Eckart; James B. Breckinridge; Richard A. Carreras; Richard A. Carreras; James W. Bilbro; Stanley R. Czyzak; Robert D. Fiete; Mark J. Eckart; Robert D. Fiete; Paul S. Idell, Editor(s)

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