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FalconSAT-7: a membrane space solar telescope
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Paper Abstract

The US Air Force Academy of Physics has built FalconSAT-7, a membrane solar telescope to be deployed from a 3U CubeSat in LEO. The primary optic is a 0.2m photon sieve – a diffractive element consisting of billions of tiny circular dimples etched into a Kapton sheet. The membrane its support structure, secondary optics, two imaging cameras and associated control, recording electronics are packaged within half the CubeSat volume. Once in space the supporting pantograph structure is deployed, extending out and pulling the membrane flat under tension. The telescope will then be directed at the Sun to gather images at H-alpha for transmission to the ground. We will present details of the optical configuration, operation and performance of the flight telescope which has been made ready for launch in early 2017.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99041P (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2229711
Show Author Affiliations
Geoff Andersen, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Olha Asmolova, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Matthew G. McHarg, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Trey Quiller, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Carlos Maldonado, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9904:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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