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SOFIA water vapor monitor design
Author(s): Robert Cooper; Thomas L. Roellig; Lunming Yuen; Brian Shiroyama; Allan W. Meyer
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Paper Abstract

The SOFIA Water Vapor Monitor (WVM) is a heterodyne radiometer designed to determine the integrated amount of water vapor along the telescope line of sight and directly to the zenith. The basic technique that was chosen for the WVM uses radiometric measurements of the center and wings of the 183.3 GHz rotational line of water to measure the water vapor. The WVM reports its measured water vapor levels to the aircraft Mission Controls and Communication System (MCCS) while the SOFIA observatory is in normal operation at flight altitude. The water vapor measurements are also available to other scientific instruments aboard the observatory. The electrical, mechanical and software design of the WVM are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458633
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Cooper, TechnoScience Corp. (United States)
Thomas L. Roellig, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Lunming Yuen, TechnoScience Corp. (United States)
Brian Shiroyama, TechnoScience Corp. (United States)
Allan W. Meyer, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4857:
Airborne Telescope Systems II
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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