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Performance of the multiband imaging photometer for SIRTF
Author(s): George H. Rieke; Erick T. Young; Peter A. R. Ade; Jeffrey W. Beeman; William Burmester; James Cadien; Kimberly A. Ennico; Karl D. Gordon; M. Hegge; Gerald B. Heim; M. L. Henderson; T. Horne; Doug M. Kelly; Thomas J. McMahon; M. Neitenbach; A. Noriega-Crespa; G. Rivlis; Richard Schnurr; John P. Schwenker; S. Siewert; John A. Stansberry; Donald W. Strecker; Gregory S. Winters; C. Yanoski
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Paper Abstract

We describe the test approaches and results for the Multiband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF. To verify the performance within a `faster, better, cheaper' budget required innovations in the test plan, such as heavy reliance on measurements with optical photons to determine instrument alignment, and use of an integrating sphere rather than a telescope to feed the completed instrument at its operating temperature. The tests of the completed instrument were conducted in a cryostat of unique design that allowed us to achieve the ultra-low background levels the instrument will encounter in space. We controlled the instrument through simulators of the mission operations control system and the SIRTF spacecraft electronics, and used cabling virtually identical to that which will be used in SIRTF. This realistic environment led to confidence in the ultimate operability of the instrument. The test philosophy allowed complete verification of the instrument performance and showed it to be similar to pre-integration predictions and to meet the instrument requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4131, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII, (16 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406571
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George H. Rieke, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Erick T. Young, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Peter A. R. Ade, Queen Mary and Westfield College (United Kingdom)
Jeffrey W. Beeman, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
William Burmester, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
James Cadien, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Kimberly A. Ennico, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Karl D. Gordon, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
M. Hegge, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Gerald B. Heim, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
M. L. Henderson, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
T. Horne, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Doug M. Kelly, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Thomas J. McMahon, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
M. Neitenbach, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
A. Noriega-Crespa, California Institute of Technology (United States)
G. Rivlis, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Richard Schnurr, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
John P. Schwenker, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
S. Siewert, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
John A. Stansberry, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Donald W. Strecker, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Gregory S. Winters, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
C. Yanoski, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4131:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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