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Performance modeling of launch vehicle imaging telescopes
Author(s): James E. Harvey; Andrey Krywonos; Joseph B. Houston
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Paper Abstract

The implementation plan for the "return-to-flight" of the space shuttle after the spectacular Columbia disaster upon re-entering the earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003 included significant upgrades to the Ground Camera Ascent Imagery assets at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The accident was due to damage incurred when a piece if insulating foam debris from the external fuel tank struck the left wing during take-off. The Ground Camera Ascent Imagery Project encompasses a wide variety of launch vehicle tracking telescopes and cameras at the Eastern Range. Most of these launch vehicle imaging telescopes are manually tracked and fitted with video and 35 mm film cameras, and many of them are fixed-focus (i.e., focused at the hyperfocal distance for the duration of the launch). In this paper we describe a systems engineering analysis approach for obtaining performance predictions of these aging launch vehicle imaging telescopes. Recommendations for a continuing maintenance and refurbishment program that closes the loop around the KSC photo-interpreter are included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5867, Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions II, 58670G (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.626031
Show Author Affiliations
James E. Harvey, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Andrey Krywonos, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Joseph B. Houston, Houston Research Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5867:
Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions II
Mark A. Kahan, Editor(s)

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