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Spartan 202

Spartan 202 F1 [NASA]

Spartan 202 (Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy 202) was a planned free-flying payload for UV stellar astronomy to be released and retrieved by the Space Shuttle.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory' Mark II Far Ultraviolet Camera, which was planned to be a primary scientific instrument aboard the Spartan-202 Space Shuttle mission, was intended to obtain FUV wide-field imagery of stars and extended celestial objects, including diffuse nebulae and nearby galaxies. The observations were to support the HST by providing FUV photometry of calibration objects. The Mark II camera is an electrographic Schmidt camera with an aperture of 15 cm, a focal length of 30.5 cm, and sensitivity in the 1230-1600 Å wavelength range.

Spartan-202 was cancelled.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: UV Astronomy (Shuttle retrievable)
Operator: NASA Goddard
Contractors:
Equipment: Mark II Far Ultraviolet Camera
Configuration: Spartan-200
Propulsion: ?
Power: Batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Spartan 202-F1 - cancelled CC LC-39 Shuttle with Shuttle (STS)

References:

  • George R. Carruthers, Harry M. Heckathorn, Chet B. Opal, Adolf N. Witt, Karl G. Henize: Far ultraviolet wide field imaging and photometry - Spartan-202 Mark II Far Ultraviolet Camera (Abstract)