29 July 2010 FIRE: Far-ultraviolet Imaging Rocket Experiment: a sounding rocket telescope
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FIRE (Far-ultraviolet Imaging Rocket Experiment) is a sounding rocket payload telescope designed to image between 900-1100Å. It is scheduled to launch on January 29th, 2011 from the Poker Flats complex in northern Alaska. For its first flight, it will target G191B2B, a white dwarf calibration source, and M51 (the Whirlpool Galaxy), the science target, to help determine the number of hot, young O stars, as well as the intervening dust attenuation. FIRE primary consists of a single primary mirror coated in silicon carbide, a 2000Å thick indium filter and a micro-channel plate detector coated with rubidium bromide. Combined, these create a passband of 900-1100Å for the system and reject the hydrogen Lyman-α to approximately a factor of 10-4. To ensure that the filter survives the launch, a small vacuum chamber has been built around it to keep the pressure at 10-8 torr or lower.
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Brennan Gantner, Brennan Gantner, James Green, James Green, Matthew Beasley, Matthew Beasley, Robert Kane, Robert Kane, Bruce Lairson, Bruce Lairson, Heidi Lopez, Heidi Lopez, David Grove, David Grove, Joseph Franetic, Joseph Franetic, "FIRE: Far-ultraviolet Imaging Rocket Experiment: a sounding rocket telescope", Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77322F (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857288; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857288
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