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Engineering specifications for large aperture UVO space telescopes derived from science requirements
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Marc Postman; W. Scott Smith
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Paper Abstract

The Advance Mirror Technology Development (AMTD) project is a three year effort initiated in FY12 to mature by at least a half TRL step six critical technologies required to enable 4 to 8 meter UVOIR space telescope primary mirror assemblies for both general astrophysics and ultra-high contrast observations of exoplanets. AMTD uses a sciencedriven systems engineering approach. We mature technologies required to enable the highest priority science AND result in a high-performance low-cost low-risk system. To provide the science community with options, we are pursuing multiple technology paths. We have assembled an outstanding team from academia, industry, and government with extensive expertise in astrophysics and exoplanet characterization, and in the design/manufacture of monolithic and segmented space telescopes. A key accomplishment is deriving engineering specifications for advanced normalincidence monolithic and segmented mirror systems needed to enable both general astrophysics and ultra-high contrast observations of exoplanets missions as a function of potential launch vehicles and their mass and volume constraints.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 2013
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8860, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VI, 886006 (23 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024480
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marc Postman, Space Telescope Science Instituite (United States)
W. Scott Smith, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8860:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VI
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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