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26 September 2013 Calibration and flight qualification of FORTIS
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The Johns Hopkins University sounding rocket group has completed the assembly and calibration of the Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS); a sounding rocket borne multi-object spectro-telescope designed to provide spectral coverage of up to 43 separate targets in the 900 - 1800 Angstrom bandpass over a 30′ x 30′ field-of-view. FORTIS is capable of selecting the far-UV brightest regions of the target area by utilizing an autonomous targeting system. Medium resolution (R ~ 400) spectra are recorded in redundant dual-order spectroscopic channels with ~40 cm2 of effective area at 1216 Å. The maiden launch of FORTIS occurred on May 10, 2013 out of the White Sands Missile Range, targeting the extended spiral galaxy M61 and nearby companion NGC 4301. We report on the final flight calibrations of the instrument, as well as the flight results.
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Brian T. Fleming, Stephan R. McCandliss, Keith Redwine, Mary Elizabeth Kaiser, Jeffery Kruk, Paul D. Feldman, Alexander S. Kutyrev, Mary J. Li, S. H. Moseley, Oswald Siegmund, John Vallerga, and Adrian Martin "Calibration and flight qualification of FORTIS", Proc. SPIE 8859, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII, 88590Q (26 September 2013); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2024189
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