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Performance of the multiband imaging photometer for SIRTF

Strojnik, Marija, Rieke, George H., Young, Erick T., Ade, Peter A. R., Beeman, Jeffrey W., Burmester, William, Cadien, James, Ennico, Kimberly A., Gordon, Karl D., Hegge, M., Heim, Gerald B., Henderson, M. L., Horne, T., Kelly, Doug M., McMahon, Thomas J., Neitenbach, M., Noriega-Crespa, A., Rivlis, G., Schnurr, Richard, Schwenker, John P., Siewert, S., Stansberry, John A., Strecker, Donald W., Winters, Gregory S., Yanoski, C. and Andresen, Bjorn F. 2000. Performance of the multiband imaging photometer for SIRTF. Presented at: Infrared spaceborne remote sensing VIII, San Diego, USA, 31 July - 1 August 2000. Published in: Strojnik, Marija and Andresen, Bjørn F. eds. Cover image Title Infrared spaceborne remote sensing VIII : 31 July - 1 August 2000, San Diego, USA. SPIE proceedings series , vol. 4131. Bellingham, WA: The International Society for Optical Engineering, pp. 38-49. 10.1117/12.406571

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We describe the test approaches and results for the Multiband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF. To verify the performance within a `faster, better, cheaper' budget required innovations in the test plan, such as heavy reliance on measurements with optical photons to determine instrument alignment, and use of an integrating sphere rather than a telescope to feed the completed instrument at its operating temperature. The tests of the completed instrument were conducted in a cryostat of unique design that allowed us to achieve the ultra-low background levels the instrument will encounter in space. We controlled the instrument through simulators of the mission operations control system and the SIRTF spacecraft electronics, and used cabling virtually identical to that which will be used in SIRTF. This realistic environment led to confidence in the ultimate operability of the instrument. The test philosophy allowed complete verification of the instrument performance and showed it to be similar to pre-integration predictions and to meet the instrument requirements.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: control systems ; electronics ; equipment and services ; integrating spheres ; photons ; telescopes
Publisher: The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISBN: 081943776X
ISSN: 0277-786X
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