Payload Instrumentation for Probing Rockets.
Final rept. Apr 76-Mar 79,
WENTWORTH INST BOSTON MASS
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Personnel, facilities, services and materials were provided for the design, development, fabrication, assembly, installation and testing of electro-mechanical instrumentation comprising the payloads utilized in aerospace vehicles as a part of the upper atmosphere and astronomical research program being conducted by the U.S. Air Force. Special devices such as a field programmable digital timer and low cost vibration recorder suitable for general use in sounding rocketborne sensing payloads were developed. Also developed was a control system to focus a cryogenically cooled infrared sensing instrument on a particular star. This contract also entailed the design, fabrication, assembly and testing of instruments for the remote operation and monitoring of the rocketborne apparatus from a blockhouse along with recovery and retesting of certain instruments. Provision was made for the preparation and reproduction of all necessary mechanical detail and assembly drawings and circuitry schematics, as well as for participation in the pre-flight, flight and post-flight field operations associated with the assembly, preparation and launching of the probing vehicles at the various launch sites selected by the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory for the conducting of rocket-borne experiments.
- Unmanned Spacecraft