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Biosatellite Photo-Optical Instrumentation For the 30-Day Orbiting Primate Mission
Author(s): Ramon I. Padron
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the photo-optical instrumentation system presently being implemented for the Biosatellite 30-day mission. This instrumentation has been designed to provide a periodic photographic record of the activities of a restrained Macaca nemestrina primate for the duration of the mission. The 30-day satellites are among the most complex of the unmanned satellites ever built for NASA. The equipment aboard them, including photo-optical equipment, shall not only perform reliably but must also withstand the adverse environments of launch, orbit, re-entry, and recovery while subject to the constraints of minimum power consumption, size, and weight. The effect of these factors is discussed in terms of the system requirements (resolution and contrast by day and night) and constraints (capsule-light levels, cosmic radiation, capsule-space limitations).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1967
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0008, Airborne Photo-Optical Instrumentation, (1 August 1967); doi: 10.1117/12.970994
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Ramon I. Padron, General Electric Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0008:
Airborne Photo-Optical Instrumentation
Carleton C. Emery, Editor(s)

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