Performance of the miniature thermal emission spectrometer (Mini-TES) for Mars 2001 Lander

D. Bates, S. Silverman, J. Jeter, K. Blasius, Philip Christensen, G. Mehall

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This paper describes the science rationale, design, and the measured performance of the Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) developed by Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (SBRS) under contract to Arizona State University (ASU). Mini-TES is a single detector Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS), covering the spectral range 5-28 microns (μm) at 10 cm -1 spectral resolution. The primary mission of Mini-TES will be to obtain mineralogical data for rocks and soil surrounding the 2001 Lander. Mini-TES also plays a key role in the Mars sample return missions in 2003 and 2005. The Mini-TES design is based on proven heritage from the successful Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) TES which is currently providing excellent science data from Mars orbit. Mini-TES has only 15% of the volume and 17% of the mass of MGS TES. The use of TES design heritage and commercial technology in a few key areas has led to a low-cost, robust design. Additional applications are anticipated for the Min-TES in the exploration of other planets, moons, asteroids, and comets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2000
Event2000 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 18 2000Mar 25 2000


Other2000 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, MT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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