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Vacuum compatible large uniform-radiance source for ground calibration of satellite cameras inside a thermal vacuum environment
Author(s): Angelo V. Arecchi; Samir Pal; Joseph W. Jablonski; Marc Gervais; Mark Gugliotta; Harish Seth; Arun Bhardwaj; Hari Sankar Sahoo
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Paper Abstract

A vacuum compatible integrating sphere was built to operate inside a thermal vacuum chamber. This paper presents the design and test results for a 1.65 meter diameter vacuum compatible integrating sphere with a 1.0 meter diameter exit port and approximately 10kW of internal tungsten lamps. Liquid nitrogen is used as cooling medium to remove the heat generated by these lamps. There are no moving parts inside the vacuum chamber. The radiance is monitored with two filter-wheel detectors, one TE-cooled silicon and one TE-cooled germanium, as well as a TE-cooled silicon array spectrometer. All three detectors are located outside the thermal vacuum chamber and view the sphere radiance through fiber optic cables. The system was tested inside a thermal vacuum chamber at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center before commissioning in the 5.5 meter thermal vacuum chamber at Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad, India. Results of tests of radiance uniformity, radiance levels, and radiance stability are presented. Comparisons of the filter radiometers with the array spectrometer are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7081, Earth Observing Systems XIII, 708103 (20 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794819
Show Author Affiliations
Angelo V. Arecchi, SphereOptics LLC (United States)
Samir Pal, Indian Space Research Organization (India)
Joseph W. Jablonski, SphereOptics LLC (United States)
Marc Gervais, SphereOptics LLC (United States)
Mark Gugliotta, SphereOptics LLC (United States)
Harish Seth, Indian Space Research Organization (India)
Arun Bhardwaj, Indian Space Research Organization (India)
Hari Sankar Sahoo, Indian Space Research Organization (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7081:
Earth Observing Systems XIII
James J. Butler; Jack Xiong, Editor(s)

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