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Explosive Transient Camera (ETC) ProgramSince the inception of the ETC program, a wide range of new technologies was developed to support this astronomical instrument. The prototype unit was installed at ETC Site 1. The first partially automated observations were made and some major renovations were later added to the ETC hardware. The ETC was outfitted with new thermoelectrically-cooled CCD cameras and a sophisticated vacuum manifold, which, together, made the ETC a much more reliable unit than the prototype. The ETC instrumentation and building were placed under full computer control, allowing the ETC to operate as an automated, autonomous instrument with virtually no human intervention necessary. The first fully-automated operation of the ETC was performed, during which the ETC monitored the error region of the repeating soft gamma-ray burster SGR 1806-21.
Document ID
19920000966
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Ricker, George (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1991
Subject Category
INSTRUMENTATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Report/Patent Number
AD-B183806L
NASA-CR-188957
MIT-85469
NAS 1.26:188957
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSG-7339
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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