Section view of a pair of VIRUS spectrographs. The fiber head is shown on the right. Light from the fibers enters the instrument and is collimated by the oblong spherical collimator mirrors (upper center left). The light is reflected by a folding flat located around the fiber feed (center right), and into the grating (lower center left) which is mounted in front of the vacuum Schmidt cameras (left).
A rendering of the HET with the VSS, enclosures, and IFUs.
The VSS and enclosures without HET for clarity.
The first VIRUS enclosure being stacked at Texas A&M University.
A model of the enclosure with the added annex.
A model of the enclosure mounting rails that will hold the VIRUS units.
The VIRUS unit will sit on the v-groove and angle iron.
Enclosure door design installed on the enclosure prototype to test the amount of pressure it can hold.
Seal selected for the enclosure door.
Illustration of the two HVAC zones. The blue area on the right is for the enclosure which houses the VIRUS units, and the yellow area is for the enclosure annex which holds the VIRUS electronics equipment and enclosure cooling system.
The thermoelectric cooler used in the enclosure HVAC system.
Temperatures of the air inside and out of the closed loop test system. The bump in internal temperature starts when the 220W heat is activated.
Differential temperatures of the air inside and out of the closed loop test system. The bump in internal temperature starts when the 220W heat is activated. This shows that for the test loop, it was able to track the temperatures within 0.1°C.
The VIRUS electronics box airflow adapter sitting on a mock electronics box.
The adapter on a production electronics box in the enclosure, attached to the flexible hosing and duct work.