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Optical design of the developmental cryogenic active telescope testbed
Author(s): Pamela S. Davila; Andrew E. Lowman; Mark E. Wilson; Rene A. Boucarut; Claudia M. LeBoeuf; David C. Redding; Eric W. Young
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Paper Abstract

In the summer of 1996, three study teams developed conceptual designs and mission architectures for the NGST. All three conceptual designs provided scientific capabilities that met or surpassed those envisioned by the Hubble Space Telescope and Beyond Committee. Each group highlighted areas of technology study included: deployable structures, lightweight optics, cryogenic optics and mechanisms, passive cooling, a non-orbit closed loop wavefront sensing and control. NASA and industry are currently planning to develop a series of ground testbeds and validation flights to demonstrate many of these technologies. The developmental cryogenic active telescope testbed (DCATT) is a system level testbed to be developed at Goddard Space Flight Center in three phases over an extended period of time. This testbed will combine an actively controlled telescope with the hardware and software elements of a closed loop wavefront sensing and control system to achieve diffraction limited imaging at 2 microns. We will present an overview of the system level requirements, a discussion of the optical design, and results of performance analyses for the Phase 1 ambient concept for DCATT.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324523
Show Author Affiliations
Pamela S. Davila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Andrew E. Lowman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mark E. Wilson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Rene A. Boucarut, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Claudia M. LeBoeuf, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David C. Redding, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eric W. Young, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (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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