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TRW/Ball: Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST)
Author(s): James H. Crocker; Charles B. Atkinson; Dennis Charles Ebbets; Larry Gilman; Paul A. Lightsey; Douglas C. Neam; Scott C. Texter
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Paper Abstract

The Next Generation Space Telescope will be the premier instrument for astrophysical research a decade from now. This paper describes the reference concept for the observatory being studied by a prime contractor team led by TRW and Ball Aerospace. We give an overview of the space segment of the mission, and the rationale for its heliocentric orbit at the Sun-Earth L2 Lagrangian point. At the time of this meeting many details of the engineering design are still open for trade studies. We highlight a few whose resolution will have implications for the scientific performance of the observatory, and for which preferences and recommendations from the scientific community are welcomed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.394044
Show Author Affiliations
James H. Crocker, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp (United States)
Charles B. Atkinson, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Dennis Charles Ebbets, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Larry Gilman, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Paul A. Lightsey, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Douglas C. Neam, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Scott C. Texter, TRW, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4013:
UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
James B. Breckinridge; Peter Jakobsen, Editor(s)

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