Mapping the infrared background radiation from the Shuttle

D. Koch, G. G. Fazio, W. A. Traub, E. W. Urban, L. Katz, G. H. Rieke, T. N. Gautier, W. F. Hoffmann, F. J. Low, W. Poteet, E. T. Young

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The Spacelab-2 Small Helium-Cooled Infrared Telescope will be used to map extended astronomical sources of low surface brightness emission, to measure the Shuttle induced environment and to develop techniques for managing large volumes of superfluid helium in space. The instrument is an f/4 15.2-cm Herschelian telescope with ten photoconductor detectors in the focal plane. This paper describes the hardware and software aspects of the instrument with emphasis on mission operations. In particular, a description is given of the observing plan formulated to meet the scientific and engineering objectives, the scan drive system, the precautions in design and operation necessary to prevent the sun, moon, and earth from adversely affecting the observations, the implications of thruster firings, and the on-board experiment computer application software to control the scanning of the telescope and support on-board displays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Apr 3 1981
EventShuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments 1980 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Aug 20 1980Aug 22 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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