Design and Characterization of a Space-based Imaging Experiment Computer Unit

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The space-based chromotomographic experiment (CTEx), a hyperspectral imager, is currently in development at the Air Force Institute of Technology. This paper details an investigation of hermetic enclosures to house commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. These enclosures will enable the use of electronics in space which may not be available in a space-qualified form for years and reduce cost/schedule constraints. This activity produced an experimentally validated thermal mathematical model supporting further trade-space refinement and operational planning aspects for this device. Results support the transition of this next-generation technology from the laboratory to a fully-realized, space-readied platform uniquely capable of generating hyperspectral data at high spectral and temporal resolutions. © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.


Copyright 2014 © American Society of Civil Engineers. All rights reserved. (Copyrighted to date of digital article online. Issue date: May 2015).

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Journal of Aerospace Engineering