A Remote Operation Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer Using a Custom Radio-Frequency Link Approach

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A commercial quadrupole mass spectrometer (residual gas analyzer, RGA) system has been modified to operate at large separations of its electronics console and sensing head. The methods implemented have made practical applications, as well as operation, of such a system possible for the first time. This advance was stimulated by a need for placing sensors at remote (45 or 60 m) chamber locations for space simulation testing of orbital flight spacecraft. Emphasis is placed on instrument functional requirements and describing the hardware changes and adjustment techniques necessary to assure operation at the extended cable lengths.

Keywords: Instrumentation; Mass spectroscopy; Remote operation applications

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/000370274774332678

Affiliations: Space Sciences Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama

Publication date: March 1, 1974

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