This glossary is adapted from NASA's Hubble glossary.
ACS Advanced Camera for Surveys – This will consist of three electronic cameras and a complement of filters and dispersers that detect light from the ultraviolet at 1,200 angstroms to the near infrared at 10,000 angstroms, operating at 10 times the efficiency of current instruments; and to be installed during SM3B in 2001.
ASLR(K) Aft Shroud Latch Repair (kits) - This kit will fix door latches in the aft shroud area of the Telescope that have been damaged by extreme temperature changes and high torques.
BAPS Berthing and Positioning System – This is the unit that holds and manoeuvers HST while it is docked with the orbiter. The BAPS can position the telescope at a variety of angles and rotate it a full 360 degrees to bring any part of HST within the reach of the astronauts and the RMS, or robot arm.
BPS BAPS Support Post – This post is installed to keep the BAPS immobile during activities which generate high torques on the HST, for example reboost.
C-5 A heavy logistics global transport aircraft that provides a massive strategic airlift and express delivery of padded or oversized cargo as well as passengers. It has transported HST flight hardware and personnel to and from GSFC and KSC.
COS Cosmic Origins Spectrograph - Fourth Generation Spectrometer. COS is an ultraviolet spectrograph optimised for observing faint point sources with moderate spectral resolution
COSTAR Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial - Second Generation Corrective Optics. COSTAR is not an actual instrument, but a system of mirrors that refocus the light and correct for the aberration from HST's optical system for first generation instruments. COSTAR was removed in Servicing Mission 4, as all the instruments Hubble was launched with had since been replaced with new models featuring built in image correction.
DF-224 Onboard Digital Fixed Point 2's complement 24-bit word Rockwell computer module. This is the main computer which controls the attitude (orientation) of the Hubble Space Telescope.
ESA European Space Agency
EVA Extravehicular activity; outside the spacecraft; activity in space conducted by suited astronauts. This is also known as a spacewalk.
FGS Fine Guidance Sensor - Science/Guidance instruments. The FGS's are used in a "dual-purpose" mode serving to lock on to "guide stars" which help the telescope achieve the exceedingly accurate pointing necessary for observation of astronomical targets. These instruments can also be used to obtain highly accurate measurements of stellar positions.
FOC Faint Object Camera - First Generation Imaging camera. FOC is used to image very small fields of view, very faint targets. Last first generation instrument on HST
FOS Faint Object Spectrograph - - First Generation Spectrometer. FOS was used to obtain spectra of very faint or far away sources. FOS also had a polarimeter for the study of polarised light from these sources
FSS Flight Support System (Structure) – This is the name for the structure which holds HST and provides power and computer interfaces while it is berthed to an Orbiter during Servicing.
GHRS Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph - First Generation Spectrograph. GHRS was used to obtain high resolution spectra of bright targets
GSFC Goddard Space Flight Center – Greenbelt, Maryland. The HST Project is run from here.
HOST mission Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test (1998) – This mission tested several pieces of equipment in preparation for SM3A and SM3B.
HST Hubble Space Telescope
HSP High Speed Photometer
KSC Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL – KSC is responsible for launches.
MLI Multi-layer insulation. This is the highly reflective material which is attached to spacecraft to act as a thermal barrier. It consists of many sheets of 25 µm thick polyester or polyamide layers sewn together. It is often silver or gold in colour.
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCS NICMOS Cooling System– This mechanical cooler was tested during the HOST mission and will be installed during SM3B to allow NICMOS to resume science operations.
NICMOS Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer - Second Generation Imager/Spectrograph.
NIR Near Infrared – Near Infrared light is not visible to human eyes, but many celestial objects shine brightly with this light. Typically associated with heat, NIR images show the presence of molecules and complex compounds.
NOBL New Outer Blanket Layer – The NOBL are stainless steel panels covered with a protective thermal coating. These panels fit over existing, degraded insulation on Hubble's exterior surface to control Hubble's internal temperature. In 1997, astronauts on Servicing Mission 2 discovered damaged areas of insulation and performed temporary repairs. The NOBL will be permanently mounted
OCE-EK Optical Control Electronics Enhancement Kit
ORU/ORI Orbital Replacement Unit / Orbital Replacement Instrument Since HST was designed to be serviced in orbit, many of the systems, and all of the instruments were designed and built as replaceable units.
ORUC Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier – Special boxes which isolate the delicate instruments and other ORUs from the forces and vibrations present during launch and the ascent into orbit.
RSU Rate Sensor Unit - The gyroscopes are part of Hubble's pointing system. They provide a frame of reference for Hubble to determine where it is pointing and how that pointing changes as the telescope moves across the sky. They report any small movements of the spacecraft to Hubble's pointing and control system computers. The computers then command the spinning reaction wheels to keep the spacecraft stable or moving at a desired rate. The gyroscopes work by comparing Hubble's motion relative to the axis of the spinning masses inside the gyroscopes. In the absence of external forces, these axes remain stable relative to the fixed stars in the sky. By keeping Hubble fixed relative to these axes, Hubble stays stable relative to the stars
SM1 First Hubble Servicing Mission, December 1993
SM2 Second Hubble Servicing Mission, February 1997
SM3A Hubble Servicing Mission 3A, December 1999
SM3B Hubble Servicing Mission 3B, March 2002
SM4 Hubble Servicing Mission 4, May 2009
SSAT S-band Single-Access Transmitter - This replacement transmitter uses radio waves to send data to the ground. The older unit it replaces will be returned to Earth and refurbished for a later flight
SSDIF Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility. This building is located at GSFC. The SSDIF is a 7,989 m2 (86,000 ft2) facility designed to provide support for the integration and testing of spacecraft hardware. It is unique in the fact that it contains a 36,816m3 (1.3M ft3) horizontal, unidirectional flow cleanroom. Additional features include: Automated Data Processing Area, Shipping/Receiving Area, Flight Hardware Storage Area, and Precision Cleaning facilities.
SSR Solid State Recorder - Hubble's original data recorders were mechanical, reel-to-reel tape recorders with many moving parts that wear out over time. The digital SSR has no moving parts or tape to break, so it is much more robust. This next-generation recorder is faster and more reliable and it can store 10 times as much data as a mechanical recorder
SSRF Shell/Shield Repair Fabric - Sheets of flexible, aluminised Teflon® fabric that fit over the original multi-layer insulation on Hubble's forward shell and light shield to add thermal protection. In 1997, astronauts on Servicing Mission 2 discovered damaged areas of insulation and performed temporary repairs. The SSRF will be permanently mounted over these temporary coverings
ST-ECF Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility
STIS Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph - - Second Generation Imager/Spectrograph. STIS is used to obtain high resolution spectra of resolved objects. The special ability of STIS is to simultaneously obtain spectra from many different points along the target
STOCC Space Telescope Operations Control Center – The STOCC is located at Goddard Space Flight Center and is the control and command centre for HST.
STS Space Transportation System – This is the formal name of the Space Shuttle Program
STScI Space Telescope Science Institute – This institute, located at Johns Hopkins University, is the home of the HST Scientists. The STScI is responsible for allocating observing time and for calibration, data storage, retrieval, and distribution of science data. STScI also provides software tools for manipulating the data.
VEST Vehicle Electrical Systems Test, Hubble high fidelity mock-up trains astronauts on installation and removal of flight hardware components.
VIK Voltage/Temperature Improvement Kit - These protect Hubble's batteries from overcharging and overheating when in safe mode.
WFC3 Wide Field Camera 3. Fourth Generation Imaging camera. This camera supplements ACS after the fourth Servicing Mission: the overlapping functions guarantee core imaging capability if one instrument should fail. The camera additionally has the ability to image in infrared light.
WFPC, WFPC1, WFPC2 Wide Field/Planetary Camera. There have been two cameras with this name: WFPC (usually referred to as WFPC1 since its replacement), which was onboard Hubble at launch, and WFPC2, an improved model installed during the first servicing mission in December 1993. WFPC2 also incorporated corrective mirrors to counter the spherical aberration in Hubble's primary mirror.