This thesis details the design of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) for the Naval Postgraduate School's Ionospheric Spectroscopy and Atmospheric Chemistry (ISAAC) Ultraviolet Spectrograph. ISAAC is one of the several experiments to be flown on the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS) in 1996. The GSE consists of several software programs written in LabVIEW. These programs simulate the timing signals that ISAAC will receive from the satellite bus. In addition, the programs acquire serial data from ISAAC, perform a serial to parallel conversion and display the resulting spectra. The GSE will allow testing of the spectrograph prior to the interface with the satellite bus. Although the complete flight instrument is not yet available for testing, this thesis describes how the GSE-to-ISAAC interface will be made and how it should be operated. Finally, some hardware/software incompatibilities are identified. jg p.6.Hellenic Navy author
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