Cesium Standard for Satellite Application

M. Bloch, M. Meirs, I. Pascaru, B. Weinstein

Abstract: This paper discusses a Cesium Frequency Standard that has been developed for satellite applications. It weighs 23 lbs. and uses 23.5 watts of power, achieves a stability of l x 10^-13/10^5 seconds, and is radiation hardened to meet GPS Phase II requirements. To achieve the weight and reliability requirements, both thick and thin film hybrid circuits were utilized. An SC-Cut crystal oscillator is used to improve short-term stability and performance on a moving platform.
Published in: Proceedings of the 14th Annual Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications Meeting
November 30 - 3, 1982
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland
Pages: 315 - 323
Cite this article: Bloch, M., Meirs, M., Pascaru, I., Weinstein, B., "Cesium Standard for Satellite Application," Proceedings of the 14th Annual Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications Meeting, Greenbelt, Maryland, November 1982, pp. 315-323.
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