From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2016
The NASA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), is a 2.5 meter telescope in a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that is flown at high altitude to do unique astronomy in the infrared. SOFIA is a singular integration of aircraft operations, telescope design, and science instrumentation that delivers observational opportunities outside the capability of any other facility. The science ground operations are the transition and integration point of the science, aircraft, and telescope. We present the ground operations themselves and the tools used to prepare for mission success. Specifically, we will discuss the concept of operations from science instrument delivery to aircraft operation and mission readiness. Included in that will be a description of the facilities and their development, an overview of the SOFIA telescope assembly simulator, as well as an outlook to the future of novel science instrument support for SOFIA
Z. A. Ali, P. Alvarez, D. Black, G. Ediss, S. Granen, K. Hanna, M. Kandlagunta, C. Koerber, J. Lott, G. Perryman, E. Sandberg, L. Tanaka, P. Waddell, C. Kaminski, and W. Latter, "Science ground operations for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy," Proc. SPIE 9973, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXIV, 99730M (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 30, 2016; Published: 14 September 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2237058.
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