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Technology development for the Next-Generation Space Telescope: an overview
Author(s): Daniel R. Coulter
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Paper Abstract

NASA has embarked on the development of the NGST. The NGST is envisioned to be a large aperture deployable IR telescope with sensitivity 1000 times greater than any currently existing or planned IR telescope. The scientific goals of NGST include imaging the earliest galaxies and proto- galaxies which formed following the 'big bang'. Several studies have concluded that the mission is feasible within the proposed cost if a well-planned, aggressive technology development effort is implemented early in the development phase. This paper present an overview of the technology program NASA is pursuing to provide the necessary technology to enable an exciting, affordable NGST mission to launch early in the next century.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324426
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Daniel R. Coulter, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3356:
Space Telescopes and Instruments V
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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