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Challenges in obtaining 0.2 arc-second pointing stability for a large telescope mounted in an open-port cavity on board an aircraft flying in the stratosphere
Author(s): Nans Kunz
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes some of the many challenges involved in trying to obtain 0.2 arc-second (1 micro-radian) pointing stability for a large telescope mounted in an open port cavity on board an aircraft flying in the stratosphere, specifically the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy Project. It includes an overview of the SOFIA project including the joint project arrangement between NASA and DLR, the project status, a top overview of the science objectives and the resulting requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389105
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Nans Kunz, NASA Ames Research Ctr (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4014:
Airborne Telescope Systems
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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