Video image processor on the Spacelab 2 Solar Optical Universal Polarimeter /SL2 SOUP/The SOUP instrument is designed to obtain diffraction-limited digital images of the sun with high photometric accuracy. The Video Processor originated from the requirement to provide onboard real-time image processing, both to reduce the telemetry rate and to provide meaningful video displays of scientific data to the payload crew. This original concept has evolved into a versatile digital processing system with a multitude of other uses in the SOUP program. The central element in the Video Processor design is a 16-bit central processing unit based on 2900 family bipolar bit-slice devices. All arithmetic, logical and I/O operations are under control of microprograms, stored in programmable read-only memory and initiated by commands from the LSI-11. Several functions of the Video Processor are described, including interface to the High Rate Multiplexer downlink, cosmetic and scientific data processing, scan conversion for crew displays, focus and exposure testing, and use as ground support equipment.
Lindgren, R. W. (Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Tarbell, T. D. (Lockheed Research Laboratories Palo Alto, Calif., United States)
August 11, 2013
January 1, 1981
Meeting: Seminar on Shuttle pointing of electro-optical experiments