21 August 1998 Science instrument interfaces on SOFIA
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SOFIA will permit observations not possible from ground based telescopes, while retaining a number of their major advantages for observers. These include the opportunity to change focal plane instruments frequently, and continuous access to the instrument while observing. SOFIA is being designed to maximize the benefits of these features and to assure optimum performance of the instruments, within the constraints of available resources. This paper describes the top level optical, mechanical, and electronic interface parameters and configuration issues foreseen for Science Instruments on SOFIA.
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Edwin F. Erickson, "Science instrument interfaces on SOFIA", Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317296; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.317296


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