Accession Number:

ADA053392

Title:

HIRIS Reflight.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. May 73-Feb 77,

Corporate Author:

HONEYWELL RADIATION CENTER LEXINGTON MASS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-04-10

Pagination or Media Count:

178.0

Abstract:

This report describes the refurbishment and design modification of the cryogenic High Resolution Interferometer Spectrometer HIRIS, previously developed under Contract DNA 001-72-C-0193, and its successful flight on a rocket probe from Poker Flats, Alaska, on 1 April 1977. A Sergeant booster carried the 900-lb payload to an apogee of 126 km. The HIRIS, operating with an internal temperature near 10 K, obtained 150 spectral scans of aurora, earth, and earth limb between cover opening at 88 km on the upleg and cover closing at 62 km on the downleg. Good signal-to-noise telemetry was received during the flight. Recovery of the payload was successfully accomplished and the HIRIS is in excellent operating condition. Also covered in the report the feasibility design activities for an improved spatial and spectral performance interferometer and radiometer, and the development of supporting low background calibration equipment. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE