April-June 1996, Volume 17, Number 2


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Midcourse Space Experiment: Technology

Midcourse Space Experiment: Guest Editor's Introduction
M. R. Peterson

The MSX Tracking, Attitude, and UVISI Processors
L. J. Frank, C. B. Hersman, S. P. Williams, and R. F. Conde

The MSX Command and Data Handling System
D. D. Stott, R. K. Burek, P. Eisenreich, J. E. Kroutil, P. D. Schwartz, and G. F. Sweitzer

MSX Attitude Determination and Control Hardware
F. F. Mobley, W. E. Radford, and L. R. Kennedy

A Testbed for the MSX Attitude and Tracking Processors
D. S. Wilson

MSX Ground Operations
J. F. Smola, M. H. Barbagallo, J. H. Cranmer, C. C. DeBoy, M. J. Harold, J. A. Krein, H. M. Kreitz, Jr., A. C. Sadilek, and H. K. Utterback

The MSX Performance Assurance Program
M. E. Goss

The UVISI Instrument
K. J. Heffernan, J. E. Heiss, J. D. Boldt, E. H. Darlington, K. Peacock, T. J. Harris, and M. J. Mayr

The Spatial Infrared Imaging Telescope III
B. Y. Bartschi, D. E. Morse, and T. L. Woolston

The Space-Based Visible Sensor
D. C. Harrison and J. C. Chow

Technology Demonstration by the Onboard Signal and Data Processor
C. G. Pfeiffer and B. L. Masson

MSX Reference Objects
S. V. Burdick, J. Chalupa, C. L. Hamilton, T. L. Murdock, and R. Russell


Publications, Presentations, and Colloquia --Patents

The cover: Designers of future operational space- and ground-based surveillance and tracking systems require simultaneous wideband optical data on midcourse missile flight, as well as space background phenomena. The precision Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) platform will collect such data over a wide wavelength range during its long-duration mission, building on previous short-term Ballistic Missile Defense Organization tests. During the "cryogen" phase, MSX experiments will provide critical first-time observations of missile target signatures against Earth-limb, auroral, and celestial-cluttered backgrounds. The "post-cryogen" phase will focus on celestial and terrestrial backgrounds, surveillance demonstrations, and environmental research. Contamination information will be gathered during all phases to aid the future design of spacecraft carrying optical instruments. (Cover illustration by Kenneth R. Moscati.)

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