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Spire -- Spectral Infrared Experiment
Author(s): R. M. Nadile; N. B. Wheeler; A. T. Stair; D. G. Frodsham; C. L. Wyatt
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Paper Abstract

A SPectral InfraRed Experiment (SPIRE) rocket payload designed to make selective measurements of the sunlit earth limb is described. Two cryogenically cooled CVF spec-trometers and a dual channel photometer will be used to spatially and spectrally map the horizon from 5000Å to 15.5μm. All three sensors have been telescoped with low scatter optics which are capable of resolving an 8 km tangent height at the limb while rejecting competitive terrestial and solar radiation. A coaligned TV camera and two celestial pointing monitors complete the instrument complement. Experiment objectives, instrument and telescope design, subsystem tests, and subsequent modifications are described. As of this date (August 1977), payload integration has been completed with a launch scheduled for late September 1977.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1977
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0124, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology III, (9 November 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955849
Show Author Affiliations
R. M. Nadile, Hanscom AFB (United States)
N. B. Wheeler, Hanscom AFB (United States)
A. T. Stair, Hanscom AFB (United States)
D. G. Frodsham, Utah State University (United States)
C. L. Wyatt, Utah State University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0124:
Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology III
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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