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Pluto integrated camera spectrometer (PICS) instrument
Author(s): Patricia M. Beauchamp; Robert H. Brown; Carl F. Bruce Jr.; Gun-Shing Chen; Michael Chrisp; George A. Fraschetti; Timothy N. Krabach; Stanley Walter Petrick; David H. Rodgers; J. Rodriguez; Stanley L. Soll; Arthur H. Vaughan; Laurence A. Soderblom; Bill R. Sandel; Roger V. Yelle
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Paper Abstract

We describe an integrated instrument that will perform the functions of three optical instruments required by a Pluto Fast Flyby mission: a near-IR spectrometer (256 spectral channels, 1300 - 2600 nm), a two-channel imaging camera (300 - 500 nm, 500 - 1000 nm), and a UV spectrometer (160 spectral channels, 70 - 150 nm). A separate port, aligned in a direction compatible with radio occultation experiments, is provided for measurement of a UV solar occultation and for spectral radiance calibration of the IR and visible subsystems. Our integrated approach minimizes mass and power use, and promotes the adoption of integrated observational sequences and power management to ensure compatible duty cycles for data acquisition, compression, and storage. From flight mission experience, we believe the integrated approach will yield substantial cost savings in design, integration, and sequence planning. The integrated payload inherently provides a cohesive mission data set, optimized for correlative analysis. A breadboard version of the instrument is currently being built and is expected to be fully functional be late summer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2214, Space Instrumentation and Dual-Use Technologies, (8 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177666
Show Author Affiliations
Patricia M. Beauchamp, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert H. Brown, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Carl F. Bruce Jr., Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gun-Shing Chen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael Chrisp, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
George A. Fraschetti, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Timothy N. Krabach, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stanley Walter Petrick, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David H. Rodgers, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Rodriguez, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stanley L. Soll, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Arthur H. Vaughan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Laurence A. Soderblom, U.S. Geological Survey (United States)
Bill R. Sandel, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Roger V. Yelle, Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2214:
Space Instrumentation and Dual-Use Technologies
Firooz A. Allahdadi; Michael Chrisp; Concetto R. Giuliano; W. Pete Latham; James F. Shanley, Editor(s)

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