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DIY Instruments for Amateur Space, 1Ed

DIY Instruments for Amateur Space, 1Ed

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DIY Instruments for Amateur Space - What can you measure and what are your limits when orbiting in space? Learn about what physical quantities you can measure and what types of sensors you can buy or build. We cover the 5 essential design limits as well: power, bandwidth, resolution, computing... and legal limitations. Explore what you can play with using your own personal satellite.

  1. Sandy Antunes

    Alexander "Sandy" Antunes (born 1967 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Maryland-area astronomer, author, and role playing game designer. He graduated from Boston University in 1989 with a dual major in astronomy and physics, received a Masters in astronomy from Penn State in 1992, and received his PhD in computational astrophysics from George Mason University in 2005. He was the Maryland Science Center "Science Person of the Month" for May 2007.

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Chapter 1 Understanding Measurement
  • Brainstorming
  • Chapter 2 Introduction to Instruments
  • Parameterizing a Mission
  • Mission Domains
  • Licensing
  • Look at Past Missions
  • Chapter 3 By Wavelength
  • The Spectrum
  • Gamma and X-rays
  • Ultraviolet
  • Violet and Blue
  • Cyan and Green
  • Yellow and Orange
  • Infrared
  • Microwave, Submillimeter, and Radio
  • Chapter 4 Fundamental Detector Types
  • The Eternal Fight: Resolution Versus Brightness
  • Active Detectors
  • Tradeoffs
  • Imaging Detectors
  • Sampling and Bandwidth Calculations
  • Chapter 5 Detectors and Instruments and Sensors, Oh My!
  • Attitude
  • Pointing Observations
  • Sensors
  • Deployable Payloads
  • Operational Demo
  • Sample Names
  • Chapter 6 Colors and Brightness
  • Brightness
  • Chapter 7 Resolution, By the Numbers
  • Detector Bins
  • What About Noise?
  • At a Glance
  • Filters
  • Digitization
  • Chapter 8 Noise
  • Signal-to-Noise (S/N)
  • Types of Noise
  • Adding Noises
  • Chapter 9 Calibration
  • Response Function
  • Calibration Protocols
  • Real Versus "Book" Voltages
  • Chapter 10 Protocols
  • Sensor Readout Theory
  • Wiring Sensors and Sampling
  • Clocks and Sampling Rates
  • I2C
  • TTL/UART/Serial/RS232
  • SPI
  • Controller Area Network
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface
  • About Standards
  • Chapter 11 Instrument Modes
  • Dynamic Range
  • Defining Multiple Instrument Modes
  • Triggering
  • Non-Photon Detectors (And in situ)
  • CPUs
  • Communications Limits
  • Amateur (HAM) Radio
  • Chapter 12 Off-the-Shelf Sensor Hardware
  • Shopping
  • Particle Damage
  • Project Calliope Sample Sensor Loadout
  • Chapter 13 Committing, Freezing, Moving Forward
  • Buy Many
  • Appendix Exercises
  • JWST Build-a-Satellite
  • Solve a Decadal Problem for All of Humanity