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Comparison of second and third generation 135.6 nm ionospheric photometers using on-orbit and laboratory results
Author(s): Scott Budzien; Bruce Fritz; Andrew Stephan; Peter Marquis; Steven Powell; Brady O'Hanlon; Andrew Nicholas; Kenneth Dymond; Charles Brown
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Paper Abstract

The second generation Tiny Ionospheric Photometer (TIP) is a compact, high-sensitivity, nighttime ionospheric photometer designed for small satellites. TIP launched February 19, 2017 to the International Space Station as part of the GPS Radio Occultation and Ultraviolet Photometry—Colocated (GROUP-C) experiment to test advanced sensing objectives. The TIP optical design improves upon previously-flown photometers and employs a filter wheel to measure signals. The third generation sensor is a 1U Cubesat-compatible Triple Tiny Ionospheric Photometer (Tri-TIP), manifested to fly on the dual 6U Coordinated Ionospheric Reconstruction CubeSat Experiment (CIRCE) in early 2020. The Tri-TIP design builds upon several technologies demonstrated aboard TIP, but utilizes a beam splitter to simultaneously monitor signal, red-leak, and background signals. This paper compares the pre-flight and on-orbit performance of TIP with pre-test theoretical results for Tri-TIP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 September 2019
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 11131, CubeSats and SmallSats for Remote Sensing III, 1113102 (6 September 2019);
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Scott Budzien, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Bruce Fritz, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Andrew Stephan, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Peter Marquis, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Steven Powell, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Brady O'Hanlon, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Andrew Nicholas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth Dymond, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Charles Brown, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11131:
CubeSats and SmallSats for Remote Sensing III
Thomas S. Pagano; Charles D. Norton; Sachidananda R. Babu, Editor(s)

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