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AMTD: update of engineering specifications derived from science requirements for future UVOIR space telescopes
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Marc Postman; Gary Mosier; W. Scott Smith; Carl Blaurock; Kong Ha; Christopher C. Stark
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Paper Abstract

The Advance Mirror Technology Development (AMTD) project is in Phase 2 of a multiyear effort, initiated in FY12, to mature by at least a half TRL step six critical technologies required to enable 4 meter or larger UVOIR space telescope primary mirror assemblies for both general astrophysics and ultra-high contrast observations of exoplanets. AMTD uses a science-driven systems engineering approach. We mature technologies required to enable the highest priority science AND provide a high-performance low-cost low-risk system. To give the science community options, we are pursuing multiple technology paths. A key task is deriving engineering specifications for advanced normal-incidence 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. A key finding of this effort is that the science requires an 8 meter or larger aperture telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91431T (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054766
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marc Postman, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Gary Mosier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
W. Scott Smith, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Carl Blaurock, Nightsky Systems, Inc. (United States)
Kong Ha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Christopher C. Stark, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9143:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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