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Unique integration and test philosophy for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer flight system
Author(s): Joan F. Howard; Mark Shannon; Nicholas Taylor; FengChuan Liu; Mohamed Abid; Ingolf Heinrichsen
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Paper Abstract

The WISE observatory contains solid hydrogen to achieve cooling, which precludes many of the "test as you fly" (TAYF) methods for the integration and test of the WISE flight system due to the hazardous nature of the solid hydrogen. Additionally, there is reluctance to remove the optical cover after integration to the spacecraft due to increased risk. This paper discusses the WISE approach to verification and validation (V&V) given these constraints. As payloads increase in size and complexity more missions will necessarily deviate from the TAYF approach. The WISE system combines full testing of the instrument while the fight system uses an interment simulator for many of the flight system environmental tests. The test planning, simulator design, and the analyses which indicate why this would be a low-risk V&V approach for the WISE mission are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 70170B (7 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790432
Show Author Affiliations
Joan F. Howard, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Mark Shannon, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Nicholas Taylor, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
FengChuan Liu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mohamed Abid, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ingolf Heinrichsen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7017:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III
George Z. Angeli; Martin J. Cullum, Editor(s)

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