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Structure of the Spectroscopic Survey Telescope (SST)
Author(s): Stefan J. Medwadowski
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Paper Abstract

The structure of the Spectroscopic Survey Telescope is described, as developed in the author's office for the SST Project, McDonald Observatory, University of Texas at Austin, in the period November 1992 through March 1993. Performance requirements are listed, and the approach to design is discussed. The resulting structure and its performance characteristics are described, and illustrated in a number of drawings. The structure of the SST described herein is very stiff (lowest natural frequency of 7.05 Hz) while at the same time very light (less than 45 tons). The paper closes with a discussion of some recommendations for the design of similar future telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176204
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Stefan J. Medwadowski, Consulting Structural Engineer (United States)

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

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