Performance of the multiband imaging photometer for sirtf

G. H. Rieke, E. T. Young, P. A.R. Ade, J. W. Beeman, W. Burmester, J. Cadien, K. A. Ennico, K. D. Gordon, M. Hegge, G. B. Heim, M. L. Henderson, T. Horne, D. M. Kelly, T. J. McMahon, M. Neitenbach, A. Noriega-Crespo, G. Rivlis, R. Schnurr, J. P. Schwenker, S. SiewertJ. A. Stansberry, D. W. Strecker, G. S. Winters, C. Yanoski

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We describe the test approaches and results for the Multiband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF (MIPS). 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-49
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 16 2000


  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Infrared
  • Integration and test

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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