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In-flight performance of the Very high Angular resolution ULtraviolet Telescope sounding rocket payload
Author(s): Clarence M. Korendyke; A. Vourlidas; John W. Cook; Kenneth P. Dere; R. Feldman; Russell A. Howard; D. N. Lilley; Jeff S. Morrill; J. Daniel Moses; Norman E. Moulton; Robert W. Moye; D. E. Roberts; E. L. Shepler; J. K. Smith; Dennis George Socker; T. R. Spears; R. S. Waymire; Wayne E. Brown; Theodore D. Tarbell; Tom Berger; Brian N. Handy
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Paper Abstract

The Very high Angular Resolution ULtraviolet Telescope experiment was successfully launched on May 7, 1999 on a Black Brant sounding rocket vehicle from White Sands Missile Range. The instrument consists of a 30 cm UV diffraction limited telescope followed by a double grating spectroheliograph tuned to isolate the solar Lyman (alpha) emission line. During the flight, the instrument successfully obtained a series of images of the upper chromosphere with a limiting resolution of approximately 0.33 arc-seconds. The resulting observations are the highest resolution images of the solar atmosphere obtained from space to date. The flight demonstrated that subarc-second ultraviolet images of the solar atmosphere are achievable with a high quality, moderate aperture space telescope and associated optics. Herein, we describe the payload and its in- flight performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4139, Instrumentation for UV/EUV Astronomy and Solar Missions, (18 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410533
Show Author Affiliations
Clarence M. Korendyke, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
A. Vourlidas, George Mason Univ. (United States)
John W. Cook, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth P. Dere, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
R. Feldman, Artep Corp. (United States)
Russell A. Howard, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
D. N. Lilley, Artep Corp. (United States)
Jeff S. Morrill, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. Daniel Moses, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Norman E. Moulton, Lab. for the Physical Sciences (United States)
Robert W. Moye, Artep Corp. (United States)
D. E. Roberts, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
E. L. Shepler, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. K. Smith, Artep Corp. (United States)
Dennis George Socker, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
T. R. Spears, Artep Corp. (United States)
R. S. Waymire, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Wayne E. Brown, Apogee Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Theodore D. Tarbell, Lockheed Martin Palo Alto Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Tom Berger, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Brian N. Handy, Montana State Univ./Bozeman (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4139:
Instrumentation for UV/EUV Astronomy and Solar Missions
Silvano Fineschi; Clarence M. Korendyke; Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Bruce E. Woodgate, Editor(s)

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