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Technology advancements for future astronomical missions
Author(s): Arnold A. Barnes; J. Scott Knight; Paul A. Lightsey; Alex Harwit; Laura Coyle
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Paper Abstract

Future astronomical telescopes in space will have architectures with complex and demanding requirements in order to meet their science goals. The missions currently being studied by NASA for consideration in the next Decadal Survey range in wavelength from the X-ray to Far infrared; examining phenomenon from imaging exoplanets and characterizing their atmospheres to detecting gravitational waves. These missions have technical challenges that are near or beyond the state of the art from the telescope to the detectors. This paper describes some of these challenges and possible solutions. Promising measurements and future demonstrations are discussed that can enhance or enable these missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII, 103980K (5 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274833
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Arnold A. Barnes, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
J. Scott Knight, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Paul A. Lightsey, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Alex Harwit, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Laura Coyle, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10398:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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