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Optics of a granular imaging system (i.e. “orbiting rainbows”)
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present some ideas regarding the optics and imaging aspects of granular spacecraft. Granular spacecraft are complex systems composed of a spatially disordered distribution of a large number of elements, for instance a cloud of grains in orbit. An example of this application is a spaceborne observatory for exoplanet imaging, where the primary collecting aperture is a cloud of small particles instead of a monolithic aperture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2015
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9602, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII, 96020E (22 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2185699
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Scott A. Basinger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Palacios, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Marco B. Quadrelli, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Grover A. Swartzlander, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9602:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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