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Large lightweight deployable telescopes with active surface correction
Author(s): Mark K. Pryor
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Paper Abstract

The future of space-based telescopes will inevitably incorporate large apertures made from lightweight, stable materials that deploy from small volumes and actively adjust for maximum efficiency. These types of telescopes are directly applicable toward imaging and non-imaging applications. Techniques to remove wavefront error via surface correction are currently being studied and are highly applicable towards deployable telescopes. Imaging telescopes require much more sophisticated surface correction and deployment than lower frequency non-imaging telescopes. The intent of this paper is to present some concepts of deployable structures and active surface correction that perhaps enables further development of these types of structures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4091, Imaging Technology and Telescopes, (31 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405768
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Mark K. Pryor, Composite Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4091:
Imaging Technology and Telescopes
James W. Bilbro; James B. Breckinridge; Mark J. Eckart; James B. Breckinridge; Richard A. Carreras; Richard A. Carreras; James W. Bilbro; Stanley R. Czyzak; Robert D. Fiete; Mark J. Eckart; Robert D. Fiete; Paul S. Idell, Editor(s)

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