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Requirements and options for a stable inertial frame for a 100-micro-arcsecond imaging telescope
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Paper Abstract

The MAXIM Pathfinder (MP) and Stellar Imager (SI) missions are under study to do 100 microarcsecond resolution imaging for a number of different targets using interferometers divided over formation flying spacecrafts. One of the most challenging technical hurdles for these missions is to have an independent directional reference in the sky to use for target acquisition and tracking. This directional reference will guide the placement of separate free flying elements of the interferometers to have ~<30 microarcseconds of alignment with the target. This paper will discuss some of the specific challenges as well as some possible options to explore for achieving this alignment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4852, Interferometry in Space, (26 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460746
Show Author Affiliations
Keith C. Gendreau, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jesse Leitner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Landis Markley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Webster C. Cash, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Ann F. Shipley, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4852:
Interferometry in Space
Michael Shao, Editor(s)

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