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Efficient and versatile internal reference sources for remote sensing space telescopes
Author(s): Eric C. Kintner; Wallace K. Wong; Eric S. Jacobs; Paul J. Cucchiaro; R. John Koshel
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Paper Abstract

Access to an internal calibration reference system during flight is an important requirement for contemporary remote sensing missions. L-3 Communications SSG-Tinsley has designed, built, and tested a novel internal calibration source based on ribbon sources. Via a flip-in mirror, the source assembly couples light through the field stop of an off-axis reimaging telescope to provide a reliable test of the following optics and electronics. Non-imaging illumination design principles assure uniform illumination of the sensor focal plane at levels adjustable over a very wide dynamic range. The source assembly can be packaged into a compact, lightweight, and efficient flight unit for convenient installation at an accessible location on the telescope. While the prototype source was specifically designed to match the GIFTS telescope as a representative example of an off-axis re-imaging telescope, the design principles are flexible to allow optimization for any comparable telescope system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6297, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XIV, 62970F (8 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.684214
Show Author Affiliations
Eric C. Kintner, L-3 Communications SSG-Tinsley (United States)
Wallace K. Wong, L-3 Communications SSG-Tinsley (United States)
Eric S. Jacobs, L-3 Communications SSG-Tinsley (United States)
Paul J. Cucchiaro, L-3 Communications SSG-Tinsley (United States)
R. John Koshel, Lambda Research Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6297:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XIV
Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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