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
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