DEVELOPMENT AND ANALYSIS OF THE HIGH ENERGY MONITORING INSTRUMENT PATHFINDER FOR THE JANUS SATELLITE

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Author:
Schratz, Brian Christopher
Graduate Program:
Electrical Engineering
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
None
Committee Members:
  • Sven G Bilen, Thesis Advisor
  • John Douglas Mitchell, Thesis Advisor
  • C Russell Philbrick, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • High Energy Monitoring Instrument
  • High Altitude Balloon
  • Satellite Instrument
  • Student Collaboration
  • Gamma Rays
  • Cosmic Rays
  • JANUS
  • HEMI
Abstract:
This thesis describes the early development of the High Energy Monitoring Instrument (HEMI) for the detection of gamma ray burst peak energies to be included on the proposed NASA/PSU Joint Astrophysics Nascent Universe Satellite (JANUS) being developed in response to NASA’s Announcement of Opportunity: “Explorer Program: Small Explorers (SMEX) and Missions of Opportunity.” Included in the discussion is a comprehensive review of the first HEMI pathfinder, a cosmic ray detector, which was built over the course of nine months by students at The Pennsylvania State University’s Student Space Programs Laboratory and launched successfully on a high altitude balloon on September 15, 2008. The purpose of this thesis specifically is to summarize the pathfinder development process, final design, operations, analysis of flight data, lessons learned, student effort, and feed forward to the JANUS HEMI project.