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Verification facility for cryogenic optics, mechanisms, and structures for the SIRTF telescope
Author(s): David Pearson; James Hardy; Mark J. Lysek; Jennifer A. Dooley; Robert J. Brown; David Chaney; Alfred Edward Nash III
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Paper Abstract

NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is a 1- meter class cryogenically-cooled space observatory. The constituent sub-assemblies are currently in their assembly and verification phase. To facilitate the assembly and verification of the telescope, the Space Telescope Test Facility (STTF) has been built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The STTF allows for the assembly, alignment, and optical characterization of individual components, as well as the telescope assembly with its cryogenic mechanism, at temperatures from 300 to 5 K in a chamber with interior diameter of 1.4 m, and a height of 2.3 m. The chamber is surrounded by a class 10,000 or better clean room. This paper reports on the functional and operational capabilities of this facility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4131, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII, (16 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406548
Show Author Affiliations
David Pearson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James Hardy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mark J. Lysek, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jennifer A. Dooley, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert J. Brown, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
David Chaney, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Alfred Edward Nash III, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4131:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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