Editor: J. L. Burch
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Bill Gibson has started his instrumenter site visits this week with a trip to Lockheed Martin, U. C. Berkeley, and the Univ. of Arizona. Traveling with Bill are Steve Boyanowski (contract administrator), Michelle Chippie (subcontract manager) and Brian Gupta (QA engineer).
Jim Burch presented the IMAGE mission to the Committee on Solar and Space Physics (CSSP) on June 5th at the Beckman Center in Irvine. The CSSP was reviewing the Explorer program and was very interested in IMAGE, as well as TRACE, FAST, and the two STEDI missions, SNOE and Terriers.
Craig Pollock has joined SwRI, and is taking a prominent
role in the MENA design. 3-D ray tracing of the complete instrument
will be followed by construction and test of a new laboratory
model MENA. Dave McComas will work closely with the SwRI group
on MENA with particular interest in optimizing the UV rejection
and overall geometric factor.
On June 25-26 Toshi Mukai will visit SwRI to discuss
plans for ISAS to supply microchannel plates for the neutral atom
imaging instruments. On June 26 the HENA team will meet at SwRI
to discuss the final design of the instrument with special consideration
given to UV rejection, angular resolution, and mass resolution.
The EMI specification for the spacecraft is Mil Std. 461D. The desirability of maintaining power conversion oscillators at frequencies above 150 kHz is stressed in the s/c RFP. The cost of achieving the desired level of oscillator synchronization will have to be determined before a decision on its implementation can be made.
The type of contract planned for the s/c will be
cost plus incentive fee. The fee structure will be based on schedule
and cost control and on-orbit performance. In order to help keep
the project within our cost cap, we need to eliminate as completely
as possible any changes in the spacecraft requirements. The s/c
specifications and statement of work have been mailed out to all
IMAGE investigators. We all need to become familiar with these
documents and design the IMAGE instruments within their constraints.
Bob Carovillano - IMAGE Program Scientist
Mike Calabrese - IMAGE Program Manager
Orlando Figueroa - Explorer Project Manager
Frank Volpe - IMAGE Mission Manager
Mark Smith - IMAGE Mission Scientist
Bill Davis - MIDEX Instrument Manager
Richard Claffy - MIDEX Flight Assurance