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Design of a shuttle-based space debris telescope
Author(s): Eric Harvey Richardson; David L. Talent; Constance L. Tritsch; Faith Vilas
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Paper Abstract

A 1.6-meter diameter f/0.95 all-reflecting telescope was designed to observe orbital debris particles as small as 1 mm from the shuttle payload bay. The telescope was specified to have a flat focal surface without the imposition of refractive elements. Two design configurations involving three mirrors were evaluated - a reflective Schmidt-Cassegrain and a modified Paul corrector. The Paul system was found to be more compact and appropriate for this application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19202
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Harvey Richardson, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
David L. Talent, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. (United States)
Constance L. Tritsch, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. (United States)
Faith Vilas, NASA/Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1236:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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