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Constellation X mission and its optics
Author(s): Jay A. Bookbinder
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Paper Abstract

The Constellation-X mission has seen significant evolution in its concept over the previous two years. These evolutions yield a mission concept that achieves all of the originally proposed science goals, while meeting launch vehicle constraints. The most obvious change to the mission concept has been to reduce the number of satellites in the mission from six to four, while increasing the size of the optics to maintain the effective area. In a parallel evolution, the telescope focal lengths have increased from 8.4 to 10m to maintain approximately the same energy response from the optics. This paper will summarize the current designs and some of the issues associated with the optics for its two telescope systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4496, X-Ray Optics for Astronomy: Telescopes, Multilayers, Spectrometers, and Missions, (30 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454375
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Jay A. Bookbinder, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4496:
X-Ray Optics for Astronomy: Telescopes, Multilayers, Spectrometers, and Missions
Paul Gorenstein; Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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