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System engineering the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT)
Author(s): T. Tupper Hyde; David T. Leisawitz; David A. Di Pietro; Stephen A. Rinehart
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Paper Abstract

The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT) was designed to accomplish three scientific objectives: (1) learn how planetary systems form from protostellar disks and how they acquire their inhomogeneous chemical composition; (2) characterize the family of extrasolar planetary systems by imaging the structure in debris disks to understand how and where planets of different types form; and (3) learn how high-redshift galaxies formed and merged to form the present-day population of galaxies. SPIRIT will accomplish these objectives through infrared observations with a two aperture interferometric instrument. This paper gives an overview of SPIRIT design and operation, and how the three design cycle concept study was completed. The error budget for several key performance values allocates tolerances to all contributing factors, and a performance model of the spacecraft plus instrument system demonstrates meeting those allocations with margin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6687, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III, 66870A (20 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.735143
Show Author Affiliations
T. Tupper Hyde, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David T. Leisawitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David A. Di Pietro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stephen A. Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6687:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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