WIRE was the Wide-field InfraRed Explorer. I was a post-doc working on this project, specifically scheduling of filler (i.e. “snapshot”) programs, an advanced coadder, and on target selection. It was a very exciting launch (I was at the control center), but it all went south very quickly. If you really want to know, you can ask me the complicated story of why it failed. After more than 10 years in flight, it finally re-entered the atmosphere and was destroyed on May 9, 2011.
Here is some information pertaining to the WIRE project. Now that WIRE is gone, most of it is obsolete, but some of the information may still be relevant and/or interesting.
- Drizzle Coadder (last update 7/21/98)
- Deconvolution of WIRE data (last update 9/17/98)
- Gravitational Lenses and WIRE (last updated 9/29/98)
- An ULIG SED model and color discriminants (last update 9/21/98)
- Filler Programs (last updated 11/20/98)
- Overheads from a presentation detailing my plans for WIRE science (10/7/98)
- WIRE and SWAS Guide stars in galactic coords (updated 1/8/99)
- Large Magellanic Cloud (updated 1/15/99)
- WIRESAOTNG (updated 2/10/99)