Cassini Calibration Lab

General Description

  • Controlled access laboratory to support post launch calibration, characterization, and diagnostics of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) and the Cassini Ion & Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS)
  • Includes the CAPS Chamber (left) and the Cassini INMS Calibration Chamber (right)
  • Lab also includes benches available for ESD sensitive operations

Lab Capabilities

  • CAPS Chamber:
    • Pumps down to 10-7 Torr in 10 minutes
    • Remote monitoring of pressure, temperature, and CAPS instrument
  • Cassini INMS Calibration Chamber:
    • Bakeable to 250 C
    • Gimbal motion control (+/- 10 degrees)
    • Automated parameter control, monitoring, and recording