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First observations with the Starfire Optical Range 3.5-meter telescope
Author(s): Robert Q. Fugate; Brent L. Ellerbroek; Eric J. Stewart; D'nardo Colucci; Raymond E. Ruane; James M. Spinhirne; Richard A. Cleis; Robert Eager
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Paper Abstract

This paper summarizes the design and initial operation of the Starfire Optical Range 3.5-meter telescope. This facility is the centerpiece of the U.S. Air Force's strategic optical research program for high resolution imaging and laser beam propagation. Areas of research include high resolution imaging of low earth orbit satellites, laser power beaming to satellites, and deep space laser communications. The telescope and mount form the world's largest optical telescope capable of tracking low earth orbit satellites. A major emphasis in the research programs at the SOR is the development of adaptive optics, especially laser beacon adaptive optics, for large aperture telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176214
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Q. Fugate, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Brent L. Ellerbroek, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Eric J. Stewart, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
D'nardo Colucci, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Raymond E. Ruane, Rockwell Power Systems Co. (United States)
James M. Spinhirne, Rockwell Power Systems Co. (United States)
Richard A. Cleis, Rockwell Power Systems Co. (United States)
Robert Eager, Rockwell Power Systems Co. (United States)


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

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