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16 November 2000 Verification facility for cryogenic optics, mechanisms, and structures for the SIRTF telescope
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NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is a 1- meter class cryogenically-cooled space observatory. The constituent sub-assemblies are currently in their assembly and verification phase. To facilitate the assembly and verification of the telescope, the Space Telescope Test Facility (STTF) has been built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The STTF allows for the assembly, alignment, and optical characterization of individual components, as well as the telescope assembly with its cryogenic mechanism, at temperatures from 300 to 5 K in a chamber with interior diameter of 1.4 m, and a height of 2.3 m. The chamber is surrounded by a class 10,000 or better clean room. This paper reports on the functional and operational capabilities of this facility.
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David Pearson, James Hardy, Mark J. Lysek, Jennifer A. Dooley, Robert J. Brown, David Chaney, and Alfred Edward Nash III "Verification facility for cryogenic optics, mechanisms, and structures for the SIRTF telescope", Proc. SPIE 4131, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII, (16 November 2000); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.406548
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