VAULT (Very high Angular resolution ULtraviolet Telescope)
Rocket Launch - White Sands
3k x 2k AP9 maging system
Ever wonder what one of our custom 3k x 2k AP9 flight imaging systems can do above the earth's atmosphere?
VAULT is a new spectroscopic imaging instrument developed by the Solar Physics Branch of the Space Sciences Division of the Naval Research Laboratory for the study of the very fine-scale structures of the solar atmosphere. In its present configuration VAULT can obtain images of the chromoshere in the Lyman a line (1216 A) with the unprecedented resolution of 0.25" (<200 km).
|VAULT Solar Image
VAULT is flown as a sounding rocket payload and is the successor to the NRL High Resolution Telescope and Spectrograph (HRTS) payload that pioneered high spatial resolution observations in the far-UV since 1975.
The first VAULT launch took place on May 7, 1999 at White Sands Missile Range and was a success!