The Michelson Interferometer for Global High-Resolution Thermospheric Imaging (MIGHTI) instrument on NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer’s mission will measure neutral winds in the Earth’s thermosphere. We investigate how thermal changes to the instrument’s optical bench affect the relative position of the image recorded by the camera. The thermal shift is measured by fitting the image of a series of reference notches and determining their current position on the camera with subpixel precision. Analyzing ground-based calibration data, we find that the image position is not affected within the uncertainty of the analysis for the applied thermal changes. We also address the question of the analysis uncertainty with signal-to-noise ratio.
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