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Enabling technologies for future large optical missions: current perspectives for astronomy and Earth observation at ESA
Author(s): Pascal Hallibert
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Paper Abstract

The current quest for higher resolution and sensitivity for Astronomy and Earth Observation space missions is leading to larger entrance apertures for future optical payloads, resulting in new technological challenges in terms of optomechanical manufacturing, integration and testing. Ensuring feasibility and minimizing schedule impact of tight manufacturing and integration constraints or mitigating adverse in-orbit effects, Active Optics encompasses a range of enabling technologies for future large optical space instruments.

We present here an updated status overview of our current R and D activities in Active Optics, ranging from deformable space-compatible components to full correction chains. Finally we will share our perspectives on the way-forward to reaching technological maturity and ensuring implementation within future large optical missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 10706, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III, 107060T (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313267
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Pascal Hallibert, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10706:
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III
Ramón Navarro; Roland Geyl, Editor(s)

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