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The WISE science payload: management lessons learned
Author(s): John Elwell; Mark Larsen; Joel Cardon; Kirk Larsen; Valerie Duval; William Irace; Fengchuan Liu; Edward L. Wright
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Paper Abstract

The Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer is a NASA Medium Class Explorer mission which launched in December, 2009 to perform an all-sky survey in four infrared wavelength bands. The science payload is a cryogenically cooled infrared telescope with four 1024x1024 infrared focal plane arrays covering the wavelength range from 2.6 to 26 μm. The survey has been highly successful, with millions of images collected, and nearly daily discoveries of previously unknown astronomical objects. The WISE science payload was designed, built, and characterized by the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University. This paper provides a brief overview of the WISE science payload and its on-orbit performance and describes lessons learned from managing the design, fabrication, testing, and operation of a state-of-the-art electro-optical payload.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7796, An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned II, 779606 (8 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864350
Show Author Affiliations
John Elwell, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Mark Larsen, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Joel Cardon, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Kirk Larsen, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Valerie Duval, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
William Irace, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Fengchuan Liu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Edward L. Wright, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7796:
An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned II
Mark A. Kahan, Editor(s)

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