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Applying An Interferometer Spectrometer Aboard The Space Shuttle With A Payload Specialist In The Control Loop
Author(s): Brent Bartschi; John C. Kemp; David A Burt; Glenn D Allred; Lorin J Zollinger
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Paper Abstract

A cryogenic interferometer/spectrometer (FTIR) has been developed at Utah State University as part of the CIRRIS-1A experiment for flight aboard the space shuttle. The inter-ferometer has been configured to optimize its operation by a payload specialist who may not have experience with interferometry but has had payload-specific training. CIRRIS-lA incorporates an automatic sequencer which can be used to operate pre-planned measurement routines. However, a command and monitor panel in the orbiter allows the payload specialist to select which measurement routines control the experiment; it also displays system and subsystem monitor values on its CRT display. The specialist can actuate various internal calibration sources and monitor interferometer performance by viewing the resulting waveforms on a video monitor. An automatic alignment system is provided in case the interferometer needs to be realigned during flight. Detailed operational procedures have been developed to guide the specialist through planned measurement and malfunction procedures and will be flown as part of the payload flight data file to allow in-flight anomalies to be resolved with minimal aid from the ground.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1987
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0787, Optical Techniques for Sensing and Measurement in Hostile Environments, (6 October 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940693
Show Author Affiliations
Brent Bartschi, Utah State University (United States)
John C. Kemp, Utah State University (United States)
David A Burt, Utah State University (United States)
Glenn D Allred, Utah State University (United States)
Lorin J Zollinger, Utah State University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0787:
Optical Techniques for Sensing and Measurement in Hostile Environments
Calvin H. Gillespie; Roger A. Greenwell, Editor(s)

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