FUSE Astrophysics Research Lab Facilities
CASA-ARL Facilities Information
CASA-ARL Bonding Lab
This laboratory was developed for such activities as bonding the grating
glass to the titanium supports. This facility includes: a fume hood, several
GN2 purged dessicator cabinets, a tap and storage of purified
water, and a clean bench. The room is also purified with filtered air from
a HEPA blower. All bonds carried out of this laboratory have exceeded their
CASA-ARL Precision Cleaning
This facility includes a water purification system, dual ultrasonic
tank cleaning system, clean bench, clean bagging system, and GN2
lines. The room is supplied with filtered air from a HEPA/blower unit.
Cleanroom protocols are followed by all personnel. A set of cleaning protocols
have been tested and established for the preparation of flight hardware
and for vacuum GSE.
CASA-ARL Model Lab/Machine Shop
The shop consists of two mills, a lathe, a band saw, a drill press,
and several small shop and hand tools. The shop is available to university
trained faculty, staff, and students. This facility has proven invaluable
for small projects, quick fabrications and emergency modifications.
UV Sounding Rocket Assembly Lab
CASA-ARL Electronics Lab
|The UV sounding rocket assembly lab is used by Graduate
students to assemble and test their scientific payloads. Final tests are
done in the Long Tank.
||Area for fabrication and testing of GSE and flight electronics components.
It also contains several ESD workstations and various test equipment.
CASA-ARL Integration and
Test Command Center
|The Command Center is set up surrounding the exterior of
the Large Vacuum Chamber. A cable tray carries
the communication and power cables from the chamber flanges to individual
workstations. Several workstations provide data acquisition and control
for many of the spectrograph components. The command center is served by
an extension of the campus Ethernet with internet connectivity. All of
the above workstations run software developed in-house and communicate
with on-line database. The database is responsible for tracking all data
and images taken during integration and test activities; this database
is also used to track all purchases, track inventory for controlled stores,
display information requested by scientists.
CASA-ARL Long Tank
|This chamber is used for final calibration of rocket
payloads and has been used by several other institutions. The
Long Tank is 30" in diameter and 30' long with an internal collimator implemented
as a reverse Newtonian telescope. The chamber is pumped by a large roughing
pump and a 20" cryopump.