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Lessons we learned designing and building the Chandra telescope
Author(s): Jonathan Arenberg; Gary Matthews; C. Atkinson; L. Cohen; C. Golisano; K. Havey; K. Hefner; C. Jones; J. Kegley; P. Knollenberg; T. Lavoie; J. Oliver; P. Plucinsky; H. Tananbaum; S. Texter; M. C. Weisskopf
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Paper Abstract

2014 marks the crystal (15th) anniversary of the launch of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which began its existence as the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF). This paper offers some of the major lessons learned by some of the key members of the Chandra Telescope team. We offer some of the lessons gleaned from our experiences developing, designing, building and testing the telescope and its subsystems, with 15 years of hindsight. Among the topics to be discussed are the early developmental tests, known as VETA-I and VETA-II, requirements derivation, the impact of late requirements and reflection on the conservatism in the design process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91440Q (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055515
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan Arenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Gary Matthews, Exelis Inc. (United States)
C. Atkinson, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
L. Cohen, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
C. Golisano, Exelis Inc. (United States)
K. Havey, Exelis Inc. (United States)
K. Hefner, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. Jones, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
J. Kegley, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
P. Knollenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
T. Lavoie, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. Oliver, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
P. Plucinsky, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
H. Tananbaum, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
S. Texter, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
M. C. Weisskopf, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9144:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Mark Bautz, Editor(s)

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