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T0023-S Measurement of the Atmospheric Background in the Mesosphere

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T0023-S Measurement of the Atmospheric Background in the Mesosphere

Program start date is on hold until Space Act Agreement is signed.  Placeholder date of January 2014 is used as placeholder.

This study proposes a compact infrared spectrometer for measuring atmospheric absorption and emission profiles on a routine basis at moderate spectral resolutions (R < 10,000) at near and mid-infrared wavelengths. The instrument consists of COTS optical components with a stand-alone power system and flight computer separate from the sub-orbital vehicle. The measurements envisioned are designed to guide astronomers in the selection of required altitudes for infrared observations at altitudes above those of airborne or balloon-based experiments.

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