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Design of a large lightweight space telescope optical system for the Next-Generation Space Telescope
Author(s): David N. Jacobson; Max E. Nein; Lawrence Donald Craig; R. Greg Schunk; John M. Rakoczy; Dick Cloyd; Ed Ricks; James B. Hadaway; David C. Redding; Pierre Y. Bely
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Paper Abstract

The Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) program is currently conducting a pre-phase A study to prove feasibility of design, show that the design can be implemented within cost guidelines, and meet the requirements of the science community. In an effort to achieve the science community's goals as outlined in the 'HST and Beyond' report, the NGST team has developed a Government 'yardstick' design of an 8-meter aperture segmented-mirror telescope which would be launched in an Atlas IIAS launch vehicle into the L2 orbit. This paper will discuss the design of the optical telescope assembly and the various issues and complications of designing lightweight optics to be placed in the environment that the NGST will encounter both during launch and during its mission at L2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324514
Show Author Affiliations
David N. Jacobson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Max E. Nein, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lawrence Donald Craig, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. Greg Schunk, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John M. Rakoczy, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dick Cloyd, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ed Ricks, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James B. Hadaway, Univ. of Alabama/Huntsville (United States)
David C. Redding, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Pierre Y. Bely, Space Telescope Science Institute (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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