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POST: a polar stratospheric telescope
Author(s): Holland C. Ford; Pierre Y. Bely; John Bally; James H. Crocker; Mike Dopita; James N. Tilley; Ronald J. Allen; Frank Bartko; Richard L. White; Richard Burg; Christopher J. Burrows; Mark Clampin; Doyal A. Harper; Garth D. Illingworth; Richard McCray; Stephan Meyer; Jeremy Mould; Colin Norman
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Paper Abstract

The lower stratosphere in the polar regions offers conditions for observation in the near-infrared comparable to those obtained from space. We describe a concept for a 6-meter, diluted aperture, near-infrared telescope carried by a tethered aerostat flying at 12 km altitude, to serve as a testbed for future space astronomical observatories while producing frontier science.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176198
Show Author Affiliations
Holland C. Ford, Johns Hopkins Univ. and Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Pierre Y. Bely, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
John Bally, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
James H. Crocker, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Mike Dopita, MSSSO (Australia)
James N. Tilley, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Ronald J. Allen, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Frank Bartko, Bartko Science and Technology (United States)
Richard L. White, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Richard Burg, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Christopher J. Burrows, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Mark Clampin, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Doyal A. Harper, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Garth D. Illingworth, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz (United States)
Richard McCray, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Stephan Meyer, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Jeremy Mould, MSSSO (Australia)
Colin Norman, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2199:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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