Accession Number:

ADA244672

Title:

Development of an NPS Middle Ultraviolet Spectrograph (Mustang) Electronic Interface

Descriptive Note:

Master thesis,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

274.0

Abstract:

This thesis developed a robust electronic interface package for the Naval Postgraduate School NPS Middle Ultraviolet Spectrograph MUSTANG experiment. The MUSTANG instrument was designed to observe atmospheric emissions in the 1800 angstroms to 3400 angstroms wavelength region. MUSTANG has flown along with a Naval Research Laboratory NRL instrument on a NASA sounding rocket experiment, and is scheduled to fly on two more sounding rockets prior to integration on an Air Force satellite. Data from these experiments will test a new technique for measuring global ionospheric electron densities on a real-time basis. The electronic interface links the MUSTANG instrument with the Aydin Vector MMP-600 Series Pulse Code Modulation Encoder in the sounding rocket telemetry section. Analog data from MUSTANG is digitized and buffered in the electronic interface to support asynchronous transfer to telemetry. Digitized MUSTANG data is telemetered to a ground station during rocket flight. This electronic interface circuit was thoroughly tested during payload integration with NASA. Ground Support Equipment GSE was extensively revised to support the MUSTANG instrument during laboratory calibration and launch site testing.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE