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A future large-aperture UVOIR space observatory: reference designs
Author(s): Norman Rioux; Harley Thronson; Lee Feinberg; H. Philip Stahl; Dave Redding; Andrew Jones; James Sturm; Christine Collins; Alice Liu
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Paper Abstract

Our joint NASA GSFC/JPL/MSFC/STScI study team has used community-provided science goals to derive mission needs, requirements, and candidate mission architectures for a future large-aperture, non-cryogenic UVOIR space observatory. We describe the feasibility assessment of system thermal and dynamic stability for supporting coronagraphy. The observatory is in a Sun-Earth L2 orbit providing a stable thermal environment and excellent field of regard. Reference designs include a 36-segment 9.2 m aperture telescope that stows within a five meter diameter launch vehicle fairing. Performance needs developed under the study are traceable to a variety of reference designs including options for a monolithic primary mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9602, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII, 960205 (22 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187758
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Norman Rioux, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Harley Thronson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lee Feinberg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dave Redding, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andrew Jones, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James Sturm, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Christine Collins, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alice Liu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (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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