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Calibration and flight qualification of FORTIS
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The Johns Hopkins University sounding rocket group has completed the assembly and calibration of the Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS); a sounding rocket borne multi-object spectro-telescope designed to provide spectral coverage of up to 43 separate targets in the 900 - 1800 Angstrom bandpass over a 30′ x 30′ field-of-view. FORTIS is capable of selecting the far-UV brightest regions of the target area by utilizing an autonomous targeting system. Medium resolution (R ~ 400) spectra are recorded in redundant dual-order spectroscopic channels with ~40 cm2 of effective area at 1216 Å. The maiden launch of FORTIS occurred on May 10, 2013 out of the White Sands Missile Range, targeting the extended spiral galaxy M61 and nearby companion NGC 4301. We report on the final flight calibrations of the instrument, as well as the flight results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8859, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII, 88590Q (26 September 2013);
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Brian T. Fleming, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Stephan R. McCandliss, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Keith Redwine, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Mary Elizabeth Kaiser, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Jeffery Kruk, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Paul D. Feldman, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Alexander S. Kutyrev, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mary J. Li, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. H. Moseley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Oswald Siegmund, Sensor Sciences, LLC (United States)
John Vallerga, Sensor Sciences, LLC (United States)
Adrian Martin, Sensor Sciences, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8859:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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