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Airworthiness verification of an airborne telescope in practice
Author(s): Hartmut Dreger; Eckhard Bremers; Juergen Kuehn; Peter Eisentraeger
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Paper Abstract

The SOFIA Telescope is part of the outer hull of the pressurized passenger cabin of the SOFIA aircraft, in which the aircraft crew, the astronomers and their guests are located during flight. Therefore the telescope - including the science instrument - is an airworthiness relevant component of the observatory and has to fulfill airworthiness standards ac-cording the Federal Aviation Authority. The airworthiness issues were main drivers in the process of design, manufacturing, quality control, testing and documentation. The paper describes the experience gotten during this troublesome, exciting and costly job.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458584
Show Author Affiliations
Hartmut Dreger, MAN Technologie AG (Germany)
Eckhard Bremers, MAN Technologie AG (Germany)
Juergen Kuehn, MAN Technologie AG (Germany)
Peter Eisentraeger, MAN Technologie AG (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4857:
Airborne Telescope Systems II
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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