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HIPO in-flight performance aboard SOFIA
Author(s): Edward W. Dunham; Thomas A. Bida; Peter L. Collins; Georgi I. Mandushev; Ian S. McLean; Michael J. Person; Erin C. Smith; Brian W. Taylor; Saeid Zoonematkermani
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Paper Abstract

HIPO is a special purpose science instrument for SOFIA that was also designed to be used for Observatory test work. It was used in a series of flights from June to December 2011 as part of the SOFIA Characterization and Integration (SCAI) flight test program. Partial commissioning of HIPO and the co-mounted HIPO-FLITECAM (FLIPO) configuration were included within the scope of the SCAI work. The commissioning measurements included such things as optical throughput, image size and shape as a function of wavelength and exposure time, image motion assessment over a wide frequency range, scintillation noise, photometric stability assessment, twilight sky brightness, cosmic ray rate as a function of altitude, telescope pointing control, secondary mirror control, and GPS time and position performance. As part of this work we successfully observed a stellar occultation by Pluto, our first SOFIA science data. We report here on the observed in-flight performance of HIPO both when mounted alone and when used in the FLIPO configuration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844618 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926749
Show Author Affiliations
Edward W. Dunham, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Thomas A. Bida, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Peter L. Collins, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Georgi I. Mandushev, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Ian S. McLean, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Michael J. Person, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Erin C. Smith, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Brian W. Taylor, Boston Univ. (United States)
Saeid Zoonematkermani, Lowell Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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