The Spartan 201 Ultraviolet Coronal Spectrometer

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Session 8 -- Solar Observations and Instrumentation
Display presentation, Wednesday, January 12, 9:30-6:45, Salons I/II Room (Crystal Gateway)

[8.01] The Spartan 201 Ultraviolet Coronal Spectrometer

L.D. Gardner, J.L. Kohl, L. Strachan, D.M. Hassler (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

\noindent The Spartan 201 spacecraft, a free-flying autonomous satellite carried into orbit, released, and then recovered by the Space Shuttle, completed its first mission in April 1993. Spartan 201 carries two instruments: a UV Coronagraph (Spartan/UVCS) from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a White Light Coronagraph from Goddard Space Flight Center and the High Altitude Observatory. The optical system of the Spartan/UVCS consists of an externally and internally occulted coronagraph with two telescope mirrors coupled to a dual spectrograph system, one of which makes line profile and intensity measurements near $\lambda 1216\AA$. The other makes intensity measurements of each of the OVI doublet lines at $\lambda\lambda 1032$ and $1037\AA$. A summary of the observations from the first mission will be presented. We will also describe the Spartan/UVCS instrument and discuss the instrument's characterization and flight performance. Plans for the next mission in September 1994 will be discussed.

\noindent Supported in part by NASA Grant no. NAG 5-613 to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

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