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NRL-803 Space Test Program Experiment: Far-Ultraviolet Imaging And Photometry
Author(s): George R. Carruthers
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Research Laboratory is developing a payload, planned for Shuttle sortie missions sponsored by the Space Test Program, for imaging and photometry of natural and artificial sources of far-ultraviolet radiation. The experiment objectives emphasize, and the instrumentation is optimized for, detection and measurement of faint, diffuse sources. The NRL-803 experiment package consists of two far-UV electrographic Schmidt cameras, a dedicated pointing platform, and a low light level TV camera for target acquisition. The dedicated platform allows the number of useable flight opportunities to be maximized, by minimizing interfaces with the Shuttle and requirements on Shuttle support systems, but allows maximum use of the available time in orbit. A fine stabilization system, based on the use of magnetic deflection for image motion compensation, is currently under development. The dedicated platform and fine stabilization systems can also be used by other small experiments in Shuttle sortie missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 1981
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0265, Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments, (3 April 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959875
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George R. Carruthers, Naval Research Laboratory (United States)

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

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