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Calibration And Performance Of The Ultraviolet Plume Instrument (UVPI)
Author(s): Herbert W. Smathers; George R. Carruthers; William D. Ramsey; George B. Steiner; W. Louissaint
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Paper Abstract

The Ultra Violet Plume Instrument (UVPI) will measure launch vehicle plume intensities, clutter and earth background in the near and mid UV. Two intensified CCD (ICCD) cameras are used to collect UV irradiance and guide the UVPI via its own pointing and tracking capability. Radiometric calibration provided correlation between video output and irradiance for the 16 intensifier gain levels while tracking optimization emphasized acquiring and tracking low level radiance sources. The science, or plume, camera obtains radiometric imagery in a 0.13° FOV using four selectable filters to cover a 220 to 340 nm bandpass. The tracker camera output drives gimbal servos and keeps the UV source within target FOV. The tracker has a 280 to 440 nm bandpass and 2.2° FOV. Reliable tracking was achieved with a target irradiance of 1 x 1044 watts/cm2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 December 1989
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 1158, Ultraviolet Technology III, (28 December 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962545
Show Author Affiliations
Herbert W. Smathers, E.O. Hulburt Center for Space Research (United States)
George R. Carruthers, E.O. Hulburt Center for Space Research (United States)
William D. Ramsey, Loral Electro-Ontical Systems (United States)
George B. Steiner, Loral Electro-Ontical Systems (United States)
W. Louissaint, Loral Electro-Optical Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1158:
Ultraviolet Technology III
Robert E. Huffman, Editor(s)

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