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A GALEX instrument overview and lessons learned
Author(s): Patrick Morrissey
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Paper Abstract

GALEX is a NASA Small Explorer mission that was launched in April 2003 and is now performing a survey of the sky in the far and near ultraviolet (FUV and NUV, 155 nm and 220 nm, respectively). The instrument comprises a 50 cm Ritchey-Chretien telescope with selectable imaging window or objective grism feeding a pair of photon-counting, microchannel-plate, delay-line readout detectors through a multilayer dichroic beamsplitter. The baseline mission is approximately 50% complete, with the instrument meeting its performance requirements for astrometry, photometry and resolution. Operating GALEX with a very small team has been a challenge, yet we have managed to resolve numerous satellite anomalies without loss of performance (only efficiency). Many of the most significant operations issues of our successful ongoing mission will be reported here along with lessons for future projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 2006
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 62660Y (13 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671839
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Patrick Morrissey, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6266:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Günther Hasinger, Editor(s)

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