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Airworthiness certification and flight safety of an airborne telescope
Author(s): Rainer Kaindl; Eckhard Bremers
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Paper Abstract

Telescopes are traditionally operated on earth or in space. For both environments a lot of experience and data are available, which allow a proper and straightforward design. Not so an airborne telescope, which will be used on a transport aircraft, not only for science but also for public outreach, with school classes flying with the observatory. Therefore the telescope as a part of the aircraft must be certified by the `Federal Aviation Administration'. Because the telescope as a permanently mounted payload amends or even supersedes safety relevant parts of the aircraft, the rules applied to the TA are identical to the standard regulations for the basic airplane. However, these rules are obviously not tailored to airborne telescopes. The presentation explains the major rules applicable for the TA and the process to prove the compliance with these rules. Furthermore, the influence on design and manufacturing of telescope assemblies is shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389106
Show Author Affiliations
Rainer Kaindl, MAN Technologie AG (Germany)
Eckhard Bremers, MAN Technologie AG (Germany)


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

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