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CHIPS

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2003-002B

Description

CHIPS (Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer) is an American (NASA) astrophysics spacecraft that was launched by a Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg AFB at 00:45 UT on 13 January 2003. The 60 kg, triaxially-stabilized spacecraft has a spectrograph covering the 9-26 nm wavelength band at a resolution of 0.1 nm, scanning the entire sky in chunks of 5 degree x 27 degree segments during each orbit. The targets are the hot and diffuse nebulae at about a million degrees temperature. The band covers several strong emission lines.

Alternate Names

  • Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer
  • UNEX/CHIPS
  • Explorer 82
  • 27643

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2003-01-13
Launch Vehicle: Delta II
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 60.0 kg

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)

Discipline

  • Astronomy

Additional Information

Questions or comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office.

 

Other Sources of CHIPS Information/Data

CHIPS Project (U. California, Berkeley)

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