Pluto integrated camera spectrometer (PICS) instrument

P. M. Beauchamp, R. H. Brown, C. F. Bruce, G. S. Chen, M. P. Chrisp, G. A. Fraschetti, T. N. Krabach, S. W. Petrick, D. H. Rodgers, J. Rodriguez, S. L. Soil, A. H. Vaughan, L. A. Soderblom, B. R. Sandel, R. V. Yelle

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We describe an integrated instrument that will perform the functions of three optical instruments required by a Pluto Fast Flyby mission: a near-IR spectrometer (256 spectral channels, 1300-2600 nm), a two-channel imaging camera (300-500 nm, 500-1000 nm), and a UV spectrometer (160 spectral channels, 70-150 nm). A separate port, aligned in a direction compatible with radio occultation experiments, is provided for measurement of a LTV solar occultation and for spectral radiance calibration of the IR and visible subsystems. Our integrated approach minimizes mass and power use, and promotes the adoption of integrated observational sequences and power management to ensure compatible duty cycles for data acquisition, compression, and storage. From flight mission experience, we believe the integrated approach will yield substantial cost savings in design, integration, and sequence planning. The integrated payload inherently provides a cohesive mission data set, optimized for correlative analysis. A breadboard version of the instrument is currently being built and is expected to be fully functional be late summer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-277
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 8 1994
EventSpace Instrumentation and Dual-Use Technologies 1994 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Apr 4 1994Apr 8 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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