Payload Technical Specifications


The New Horizons Science Instrument Suite

Instrument Name PI Wavelength / Energy / Mass Range Field of View (milliradians) Angular Resolution (milliradians / pixel) Wavelength / Energy / Mass Resolution per pixel
Alice: ultraviolet mapping spectrometer Alan Stern, SwRI 52 - 180  nm 1.7x 70 (slit). 35 x 35 (solar occultation aperture) 1.7 x 5.2 0.183 nm
LORRI: Long-Range Reconnaisance Imager Andy Cheng, APL 350 - 850nm 5.08 x 5.08 0.00496  N/A
Ralph MVIC: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera Alan Stern, SwRI 450 - 1000nm (Pan);
425 - 550nm (Blue);
540 - 700nm (Red); 780 - 1000nm (IR);
860 - 910 nm (CH4)
Multicolor: 100 x N (pushbroom).  OpNav, pan only: 100 x 2.6 (framing)   0.02 See filter bandpasses
Ralph LEISA (Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array): infrared spectrometer Alan Stern, SwRI 1250 - 2500 nm 15.9 x 15.9 0.062 Full spectral range: R=300
(~6.5 nm / pixel).
2100 - 2250 nm: R=600
(~3.7 nm / pixel).
REX: Radio science EXperiment Len Tyler, Stanford University 4.1 cm. 20 20 Radiometry mode: N/A.  Occultation mode: 3 x 10-13 in Δf/f
SDC: Student Dust Counter Mihaly Horanyi, U. Colorado 4x10-12  -  4x10-9 g ~p N/A ~ factor of 2 in mass 
PEPSSI (Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation): medium energy particle spectrometer Ralph McNutt, APL 25 - 1000 keV (protons); 60-1000 keV (atomic ions) ;
25 - 500 keV (electrons)
160 deg x 12 deg 25 x 12 deg 0.25 keV
SWAP (Solar Wind Around Pluto): low energy plasma instrument  Dave McComas, SwRI 30 eV - 7.7 keV 270 deg x 10 deg (deflection angles up to +15 deg additional) N/A 1 eV (<2 keV)
9% (>2 keV)