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Miniature thermal emission spectrometer for the Mars Exploration Rover
Author(s): Richard James Peralta; Steven H. Silverman; Duane M. Bates; Phil Christensen; Greg Mehall; Tom Tourville; Rolph Keehn; George Cannon
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the dual-mission Mars 2003 Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) being built by Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (SBRS) under contract to Arizona State University (ASU). Mini-TES is a single detector Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS), covering the spectral range 5-29 microns (micrometers ) at 10 cm-1 spectral resolution. Scheduled for launch in 2003, one Mini-TES instrument will fly to Mars aboard each of the two missions of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project (MER). Mini-TES is designed to provide a key minerological remote sensing component of the MER mission, which includes several other science instruments. Originally intended for the Athena Precursor Experiment (APEX) slated for a 2001 launch, the first Mini-TES unit was required to meet a two-year development schedule with proven, flight-tested instrumentation. Therefore, SBRS designed Mini-TES based on proven heritage from the successful Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES), which was launched in 1996 and successfully completed its intended mission of one Martian year (two earth years) with over 100 million spectra collected to date, and counting. Relevance of the Mini-TES to MER science, overall design, performance, assembly and test flow as well as details of the hardware fabricated at SBRS, are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4485, Optical Spectroscopic Techniques, Remote Sensing, and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research IV, (30 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454289
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Richard James Peralta, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (United States)
Steven H. Silverman, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (United States)
Duane M. Bates, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (United States)
Phil Christensen, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Greg Mehall, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Tom Tourville, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Rolph Keehn, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
George Cannon, Arizona State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4485:
Optical Spectroscopic Techniques, Remote Sensing, and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research IV
Allen M. Larar; Martin G. Mlynczak, Editor(s)

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