Astronomy Acronyms

Alphabetical Listing of Astronomy Acronyms

  • PTC — Passive Thermal Control
  • PV — Photovoltaic
  • PVO — Pioneer Venus Orbiter / Protivo-Vosdushniya Oborona
  • QSO — Quasi-Stellar Object
  • RA — Right Ascension
  • RAE — Royal Aerospace Establishment
  • RAL — Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory
  • RAS — Royal Astronomical Society
  • RASC — Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • RCC — Reinforced Carbon-Carbon
  • RCI — Rodent Cage Interface
  • RCS — Reaction Control System / Revision Control System
  • RCT — Radiometric Calibration Target
  • REM — Rat Enclosure Module
  • RESTEC — Remote Sensing Technology Center
  • RF — Radio Frequency
  • RFI — Radio Frequency Interference
  • RFM — Reconfigurable Furnace Module
  • RFNA — Red Fuming Nitric Acid
  • RG — Red Giant
  • RGB — Red Giant Branch
  • RHC — Rotational Hand Controller
  • RIACS — Research Institute For Advanced Computer Science
  • RKA — Rossiskoye Kosmicheskoye Agentsvo
  • RMCD — Radaiation Monitoring Container Device
  • RME — Radiation Monitoring Experiment
  • RMS — Remote Manipulator System
  • RNGC — Revised New General Catalog
  • ROSAT — ROentgen Satellite
  • ROUS — Rodents of Unusual Size
  • RPM — Retro Propulsion Module
  • RSN — Radio SuperNova
  • RTG — Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator
  • RTLS — Return To Launch Site
  • RVSN — Raketniye Voiska Stratigcheskovo Naznacheniya
  • S — Spiral (for Galaxies)
  • S/C — SpaceCraft
  • SAA — South Atlantic Anomaly / Single Access Antenna
  • SAGA — Solar Array Gain Augmentation
  • SAIL — Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory
  • SAM — Shuttle Activation Monitor
  • SAMPEX — Solar Anomalous And Magnetospheric Particle EXplorer
  • SAMS — Space Acceleration Measurement System
  • SAO — Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • SAR — Search And Rescue / Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • SARA — Satellite Pour Astronomie Radio Amateur
  • SAREX — Search And Rescue Exercise / Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment
  • SAS — Space Activity Suit / Space Adaptation Syndrome
  • SAT — Synthetic Aperture Telescope
  • SB — Spiral
  • SBIR — Small Business Innovation Research
  • SCA — Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
  • SCT — Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • SDI — Strategic Defense Initiative
  • SDIO — Strategic Defense Initiative Organization
  • SDSS — Sloan Digital Sky Survey
  • SECO — Sustainer Engine Cutoff
  • SEDS — Students For The Exploration And Development of Space
  • SEI — Space Exploration Initiative
  • SEM — Space Environment Monitor
  • SEP — Societe Europeenne De Propulsion
  • SEPAC — Space Experiments With Particle Accelerators
  • SEST — Swedish ESO Submillimeter Telescope
  • SETI — Search For ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence
  • SHARE — Space Station Heat Pipe Advanced Radiator Element
  • SID — Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance
  • SIR — Shuttle Imaging Radar
  • SIRTF — Space InfraRed Telescope Facility
  • SIXA — Silicon X-ray Array
  • SL — (Comet) Shoemaker-Levy / SpaceLab
  • SL-J — SpaceLab Japan
  • SLAP — Space Link Access Protocol
  • SLAR — Side-Looking Airborne Radar
  • SLC — Space Launch Complex
  • SLF — Shuttle Landing Facility
  • SLS — Space(lab) Life Sciences
  • SMC — Small Magellanic Cloud
  • SME — Solar Mesosphere Explorer
  • SMEX — Small EXplorers
  • SMM — Solar Maximum Mission
  • SMS — Shuttle Mission Simulator
  • SN — SuperNova
  • SNG — Sodruzhestva Nezabisimikh Gosudarst
  • SNR — Signal To Noise Ratio / SuperNova Remnant
  • SNU — Solar Neutrino Units
  • SOB — Strap-On Booster
  • SOCC — Satellite Operations Control Center
  • SOFI — Spray-on Foam Insulation
  • SOFIA — Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy
  • SOHO — SOlar Heliospheric Observatory
  • SOLSTICE — Solar Stellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment
  • SPAN — Space Physics And Analysis Network
  • SPARTAN — Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool For Astronomy
  • SPAS — Space Pallet Satellite
  • SPDM — Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator
  • SPH — Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics
  • SPOT — Systeme Probatoire Pour L’Observation De La Terre
  • SPS — Solar Power Satellite
  • SPTN — SPARTAN
  • SR — Special Relativity

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