Contract Files,
1978-1996

Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 06-063
Creators:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Central Engineering Dept
Dates:
1978-1996
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
73 cu. ft. (73 record storage boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This accession consists of contract files dealing with the research, development, and construction of the Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF), now known as the Chandra X-Ray Observatory; and its components; the High Resolution Camera (HRC); the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS); and its two transmission grating spectrometers, one set optimized for low energies (LETG) and the other for high energies (HETG). The records track in detail the steps and methods involved in the creation of the AXAF as well as document the discussions between scientists, administrators, and outside contractors. Organizations and companies involved include Eastman Kodak Company; TRW Inc., Space and Technology Group; Hughes Danbury Optical Systems; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Space Research; Ball Corporation; HTS Design Engineering; Computer Sciences Corporation; Schaeffer Magnetics, Inc.; and Composite Optics, Inc. Materials include correspondence, memorandum, reports, spreadsheets, and drawings.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-063, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Central Engineering Dept, Contract Files
Use Restriction
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2012; Transferring office; 8/30/1985 memorandum, Deiss to Dick; Contact reference staff for details.

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Chandra X-ray Observatory (U.S.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eastman Kodak Company Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Composite Optics, Inc. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
HTS Design Engineering Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hughes Danbury Optical Systems Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Space Research Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schaeffer Magnetics, Inc. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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TRW Inc. Space and Technology Group Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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