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Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
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Paper Abstract

The joint US and German SOFIA project to develop and operate a 2.5 meter IR airborne telescope in a Boeing 747-SP is now in its second year. The Universities Space Research Association , teamed with Raytheon E-Systems and United Airlines, is developing and will operate SOFIA. The 2.5 meter telescope will be designed and built by a consortium of German companies led by MAN. Work on the aircraft and the preliminary mirror has started. First science flights will begin in 2001 with 20 percent of the observing time assigned to German investigators. The observatory is expected to operate for over 20 years. The sensitivity, characteristics, US science instrument complement, and operations concept for the SOFIA observatory, with an emphasis on the science community's participation are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317295
Show Author Affiliations
Eric E. Becklin, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Sean C. Casey, Universities' Space Research Association/NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Jackie A. Davidson, Universities' Space Research Association/NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Maureen L. Savage, Universities' Space Research Association/NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3354:
Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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