Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words. -- Apocrypaha: Ecclesiasticus
An acronym is a word formed from the first letters of the words that make up a lengthy name or phrase. Some acronyms are so widely used that they have achieved the status of "real" words. A good example, and one that is near and dear to our Magellan hearts, is the word "radar," which actually means radio detection and ranging. As you can imagine, using this particular acronym within the Magellan Project is a real time-saver.
Acronyms are common in most endeavors all over the world; it's certainly a way of life at JPL, and the Magellan Project is no exception in this regard. However, the following list includes only those acronyms that appear in this Guide.
ALTA altimeter antenna ARUCAL Attitude Reference Unit Calibration Caltech California Institude of Technology C-BIDR Compressed Basic Image Data Record CD-ROM Compact Disc-Read Only Memory CDS command and data subsystem C1-MIDR Compressed Once-Mosaicked Image Data Record C2-MIDR Compressed Twice-Mosaicked Image Data Record C3-MIDR Compressed Thrice-Mosaicked Image Data Record DMAT Data Management and Archive Team DMS Data Management Subsystem DSCC Deep Space Communications Complex DSN Deep Space Network EDR Experiment Data Record ESA European Space Agency F-BIDR Full-Resolution Basic Image Data Record FEM forward equipment module F-MIDR Full-Resolution Mosaicked Image Data Record F-PIDR Full-Resolution Polar Image Data Record GCF Ground Communications Facility GDS Ground Data System GRAVIG Gravity Investigation Group HGA high-gain antenna HGACAL High-Gain Antenna Calibration IAU International Astronomical Union ICE International Cometary Explorer IDPS Image Data Processing Subsystem IOC in-orbit checkout IUS Inertial Upper Stage JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory LGA low-gain antenna MCCC Multimission Control and Computing Center MCT Mission Control Team MGA medium-gain antenna MIDR Mosaicked Image Data Record MPT Mission Planning Team MSDT Mission Sequence Design Team NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASCOM NASA Communications (Network) NAV Navigation Team NOCC Network Operations Control Center NSSDC National Space Science Data Center ODR Original Data Record OTM orbit-trim maneuver PDS Planetary Data System P-MIDR Polar-Mosaicked Image Data Record PSG Project Science Group PVO Pioneer Venus Orbiter RADIG Radar Investigation Group RCE Reaction Control Equipment RMSS Radar Mapping Sequencing Software RSET Radar System Engineering Team SAR synthetic-aperture radar SCT Spacecraft Team SDPS SAR Data Processing Subsystem SFCAL Scale Factor Calibration SFOC Space Flight Operations Center SRM solid-rocket motor STARCAL star calibration STS Space Transportation System TCM trajectory-correction maneuver VOI Venus orbit insertion VOIR Venus Orbiting Imaging Radar VRM Venus Radar Mapper
Chapter 16 - Glossary of Geological Terms
The Magellan's Venus Explorer Guide