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Multivariable parametric cost model for ground optical telescope assembly
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Ginger Holmes Rowell; Gayle Reese; Alicia Byberg
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Paper Abstract

A parametric cost model for ground-based telescopes is developed using multivariable statistical analysis of both engineering and performance parameters. While diameter continues to be the dominant cost driver, diffraction-limited wavelength is found to be a secondary driver. Other parameters such as radius of curvature are examined. The model includes an explicit factor for primary mirror segmentation and/or duplication (i.e., multi-telescope phased-array systems). Additionally, single variable models based on aperture diameter are derived.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 44(8) 083001 doi: 10.1117/1.2031216
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 44, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ginger Holmes Rowell, Middle Tennessee State Univ. (United States)
Gayle Reese, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Alicia Byberg, Lockheed Martin Corp. (United States)

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