Calibrating TAUVEX: turning space hardware into a scientific instrument

Noah Brosch* Elhanan Almoznino, Hagai Netzer and Meirav Naaman
Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences,
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel

Erez R. Yacoby, Jeremy Topaz and Nachman Saar
Elbit Systems Electro-Optics ELOP Ltd., Advanced Technology Park, P.O.Box 1165,
Rehovot 76111, Israel

Abstract. This article explains the basic philosophy of calibrating TAU- VEX on the ground at the El-Op facilities in Israel, and in space after launch. We refer the reader to historical articles describing TAUVEX, its design and calibration, and update the knowledge base as to the modern testing and cal- ibration procedures. We explicitly point out the products expected to result from the calibration process.

Keywords: telescopes - techniques: photometric - methods: observational - ultraviolet: general

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