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Initial technology assessment for the Large-Aperture UV-Optical-Infrared (LUVOIR) mission concept study
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Paper Abstract

The NASA Astrophysics Division’s 30-Year Roadmap prioritized a future large-aperture space telescope operating in the ultra-violet/optical/infrared wavelength regime. The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy envisioned a similar observatory, the High Definition Space Telescope. And a multi-institution group also studied the Advanced Technology Large Aperture Space Telescope. In all three cases, a broad science case is outlined, combining general astrophysics with the search for biosignatures via direct-imaging and spectroscopic characterization of habitable exoplanets. We present an initial technology assessment that enables such an observatory that is currently being studied for the 2020 Decadal Survey by the Large UV/Optical/Infrared (LUVOIR) surveyor Science and Technology Definition Team. We present here the technology prioritization for the 2016 technology cycle and define the required technology capabilities and current state-of-the-art performance. Current, planned, and recommended technology development efforts are also reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99040J (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2230769
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew R. Bolcar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lee Feinberg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kevin France, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Bernard J. Rauscher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David Redding, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Schiminovich, Columbia Univ. (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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