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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• California Institute of Technology
• Vision for Space Exploration
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Fast Facts
 
Current Status
 
Spitzer History
 
Spitzer Technology
 
— Overview
 
— Cryo-Telescope Assembly
 
—— Telescope
 
—— MIC
 
——— IRAC
 
——— IRS
 
——— MIPS
 
—— Cryostat
 
—— Outer Shell
 
— Spacecraft
 
—— Solar Panels
 
—— Spacecraft Bus
 
— Developments
 
Spitzer Science
 
Lyman Spitzer, Jr.
 
 

Spitzer's Spacecraft Bus

Model of Spitzer
Final Installation of the Spacecraft Harness
Lockheed Martin

Spitzer's Spacecraft Bus is an octagonal structure in which the avionics and the science instrument warm electronics are housed. The Spacecraft Bus provides electrical power to the science instruments, orients and stabilizes the boresight of the telescope, collects and compresses data from the science instruments for later transmission to the ground, executes stored commands to direct science instrument activities, and communicates with the ground system.

The bus structure makes up the nine bays within which the bus equipment is housed. Four side modules, four corner modules, two heatpipe equipment panels, and six equipment panels make up the nine bays. The equipment panels are sandwiched between the modules and are bolted and bonded together for maximum stiffness and structural integrity. On the outside of the bays, panels are bolted to the modules. These panels are removable and provide access to the outer bays during integration and test. The center bay is accessible from the top.

Diagram of Bus
Spacecraft Bus Structure
Bus Interior
Interior of the Spacecraft Bus



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