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Mapping the Infrared Background Radiation From the Shuttle
Author(s): D. Koch; G. G. Fazio; W. A. Traub; E. W. Urban; L. Katz; G. H. Rieke; T. N. Gautier; W. F. Hoffmann; F. J. Low; W. Poteet
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Paper Abstract

The Spacelab-2 Small Helium-Cooled Infrared Telescope will be used to map extended astronomical sources of low surface brightness emission, to measure the Shuttle induced environment and to develop techniques for managing large volumes of superfluid helium in space. The instrument is an f/4 15.2-cm Herschelian telescope with ten photoconductor detectors in the focal plane. This paper describes the hardware and software aspects of the instrument with emphasis on mission operations. In particular, a description is given of the observing plan formulated to meet the scientific and engineering objectives, the scan drive system, the precautions in design and operation necessary to prevent the sun, moon, and earth from adversely affecting the observations, the implications of thruster firings, and the on-board experiment computer application software to control the scanning of the telescope and support on-board displays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 1981
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0265, Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments, (3 April 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959872
Show Author Affiliations
D. Koch, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
G. G. Fazio, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
W. A. Traub, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
E. W. Urban, Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
L. Katz, Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
G. H. Rieke, University of Arizona (United States)
T. N. Gautier, University of Arizona (United States)
W. F. Hoffmann, University of Arizona (United States)
F. J. Low, University of Arizona (United States)
W. Poteet, University of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0265:
Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments
William Jerkovsky, Editor(s)

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