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Fabrication and assembly integration of the orbiting carbon observatory instrument
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Paper Abstract

Final assembly and integration of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory instrument at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is now complete. The instrument was shipped to Orbital Sciences Corporation in March of this year for integration with the spacecraft. This observatory will measure carbon dioxide and molecular oxygen absorption to retrieve the total column carbon dioxide from a low Earth orbit. An overview of the design-driving science requirements is presented. This paper then reviews some of the key challenges encountered in the development of the sensor. Diffraction grating technology, lens assembly performance assessment, optical bench design for manufacture, optical alignment and other issues specific to scene-coupled high-resolution grating spectrometers for this difficult science retrieval are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7082, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XVI, 708213 (3 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.796289
Show Author Affiliations
Robert E. Haring, Hamilton Sundstrand (United States)
Randy Pollock, Hamilton Sundstrand (United States)
Brian M. Sutin, Hamilton Sundstrand (United States)
Rick Blakley, Hamilton Sundstrand (United States)
Lawrence M. Scherr, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Crisp, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7082:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XVI
Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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