24 September 2012 HIPO in-flight performance aboard SOFIA
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Abstract
HIPO is a special purpose science instrument for SOFIA that was also designed to be used for Observatory test work. It was used in a series of flights from June to December 2011 as part of the SOFIA Characterization and Integration (SCAI) flight test program. Partial commissioning of HIPO and the co-mounted HIPO-FLITECAM (FLIPO) configuration were included within the scope of the SCAI work. The commissioning measurements included such things as optical throughput, image size and shape as a function of wavelength and exposure time, image motion assessment over a wide frequency range, scintillation noise, photometric stability assessment, twilight sky brightness, cosmic ray rate as a function of altitude, telescope pointing control, secondary mirror control, and GPS time and position performance. As part of this work we successfully observed a stellar occultation by Pluto, our first SOFIA science data. We report here on the observed in-flight performance of HIPO both when mounted alone and when used in the FLIPO configuration.
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Edward W. Dunham, Thomas A. Bida, Peter L. Collins, Georgi I. Mandushev, Ian S. McLean, Michael J. Person, Erin C. Smith, Brian W. Taylor, Saeid Zoonematkermani, "HIPO in-flight performance aboard SOFIA", Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844618 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926749; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.926749
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