Hubble's Instruments: HSP - High Speed Photometer

The High Speed Photometer (HSP) was one of the four original axial instruments on the Hubble. The HSP, which was removed from Hubble during the First Servicing Mission in December 1993, was used to make very rapid (up to 100.000 measurements pr. second) light measurements of astronomical objects at a variety of wavelengths from the near ultraviolet to the visible. It had five detectors.

HSP was a special and very simple instrument. The only moving parts in the instrument was the filter wheel.

HSP Facts

Instrument type Photometer
Weight 300 kg
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 2 m
Wavelength range 115 to 870 nm

 

 The position of HSP in Hubble's instrument bay.

The position of HSP in Hubble's instrument bay.