Optical Engineering • Open AccessCommentary on multivariable parametric cost model for ground optical telescope assembly
In 2005, Stahl et al. published a multivariable parametric cost model for ground telescopes that included primary mirror diameter, diffraction-limited wavelength, and year of development. The model also included a factor for primary mirror segmentation and/or duplication. While the original multivariable model is still relevant, we better explain the rationale behind the model and present a model framework that may better account for prescription similarities. Also, we correct the single-variable diameter model presented in the 2005 Stahl paper with the addition of a leading multiplier.