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Next-Generation Space Telescope design reference mission
Author(s): Eric H. Smith; John C. Mather; Hervey S. Stockman; Pierre Y. Bely; Massimo Stiavelli; Richard Burg
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Paper Abstract

The Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) Design Reference Mission (DRM) represents a suite of potential astronomical programs and targets along with their expected physical properties, and desired observation modes. This broad science program is being used to drive the observatory design in a way as fundamental as traditional engineering parameters. Astronomers use the DRM to communicate their desires in a quantitative fashion to the engineers who will eventually construct the observatory. The DRM is also the primary tool used to measure the relative value of NGST mission architectures and technological readiness of the program. Specifically, the fraction of the DRM completed by a given observatory configuration in a given time is, to first order, a measure of the value of the design. Those designs which complete a higher fraction of the observations listed below are more capable than those complete lesser fractions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324477
Show Author Affiliations
Eric H. Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John C. Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Hervey S. Stockman, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Pierre Y. Bely, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Massimo Stiavelli, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Richard Burg, Johns Hopkins Univ. (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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