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Performance of the multiband imaging photometer for SIRTF

Rieke, G. H. and Young, E. T. and Ade, P. A. R. and Beeman, J. W. and Burmester, W. and Cadien, J. and Ennico, K. A. and Gordon, K. D. and Hegge, M. and Heim, G. B. and Henderson, M. L. and Horne, T. and Kelly, D. M. and McMahon, T. J. and Neitenbach, M. and Noriega-Crespo, A. and Rivlis, G. and Schnurr, R. and Schwenker, J. P. and Siewert, S. and Stansberry, J. A. and Strecker, D. W. and Winters, G. S. and Yanoski, C. (2000) Performance of the multiband imaging photometer for SIRTF. In: Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4131. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 38-49. ISBN 9780819437761.

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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.

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Additional Information:© 2000 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). SIRTF has had an exceptionally long gestation period between payload selection and construction. As a result, many have contributed to the concept of MIPS, even if the details were never realized. We thank them for their patience as well as their ideas. We also thank the IRS team for leading the development of the common IRS/MIPS electronics and software, and for providing the 24µm array. The current MIPS team, consisting of the project management at JPL as well as the science team, the technical and management personnel at the University of Arizona, and the support effort at Ball Aerospace, worked hard, skillfully, and very smoothly together to make the instrument a reality. The development of MIPS was supported through JPL under contract 960785.
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Subject Keywords:infrared, integration and test, astronomical instrumentation
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:4131
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Official Citation:George H. Rieke, Erick T. Young, Peter A. R. Ade, Jeffrey W. Beeman, William Burmester, James Cadien, Kimberly A. Ennico, Karl D. Gordon, M. Hegge, Gerald B. Heim, M. L. Henderson, T. Horne, Doug M. Kelly, Thomas J. McMahon, M. Neitenbach, A. Noriega-Crespa, G. Rivlis, Richard Schnurr, John P. Schwenker, S. Siewert, John A. Stansberry, Donald W. Strecker, Gregory S. Winters, C. Yanoski, "Performance of the multiband imaging photometer for SIRTF", Proc. SPIE 4131, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII, (16 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406571;
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