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Key issues in the thermal design of spaceborne cryogenic infrared instruments
Author(s): Helene R. Schember; Donald Rapp
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Paper Abstract

Thermal design and analysis play an integral role in the development of spaceborne cryogenic infrared (IR) instruments. From conceptual sketches to final testing, both direct and derived thermal requirements place significant constraints on the instrument design. Although in practice these thermal requirements are interdependent, the sources of most thermal constraints may be grouped into six distinct categories. These are: (1) Detector temperatures, (2) Optics temperatures, (3) Pointing or alignment stability, (4) Mission lifetime, (5) Orbit, and (6) Test and Integration.

In this paper, we discuss these six sources of thermal requirements with particular regard to development of instrument packages for low background infrared astronomical observatories. In the end, the thermal performance of these instruments must meet a set of thermal requirements. The development of these requirements is typically an ongoing and interactive process, however, and the thermal design must maintain flexibility and robustness throughout the process. The thermal (or cryogenic) engineer must understand the constraints imposed by the science requirements, the specific hardware, the observing environment, the mission design, and the testing program. By balancing these often competing factors, the system-oriented thermal engineer can work together with the experiment team to produce an effective overall design of the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 December 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10265, Optomechanical Design: A Critical Review, 1026506 (28 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.61103
Show Author Affiliations
Helene R. Schember, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Donald Rapp, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10265:
Optomechanical Design: A Critical Review
Paul R. Yoder, Editor(s)

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