Accession Number : ADA513643


Title :   History of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy and the Air Force Infrared Celestial Backgrounds Program


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB HANSCOM AFB MA SPACE VEHICLES DIRECTORATE


Personal Author(s) : Price, S D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a513643.pdf


Report Date : 18 Apr 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 365


Abstract : A retrospective is provided on space-based astronomy missions and the prominent role the US Defense Department (DoD), particularly the Air Force, played in early days of infrared astronomy and the technology development that was transitioned to the infrared astronomical community. The geophysics programs at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories (AFCRL) and successor organizations (AFGL) at Hanscom Air Force Base are described in order to provide a context for the DoD infrared astronomy program. AFCRL and AFGL conducted the early mid-infrared probe-rocket based surveys as well as supporting related experiments under university contracts. The succession of subsequent orbital experiments is also described.


Descriptors :   *ASTRONOMY , MISSIONS , SPACE BASED , INFRARED RADIATION , CELESTIAL NAVIGATION , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , GEOPHYSICS


Subject Categories : Astronomy


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE