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Optics needs for future space telescopes
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl
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Paper Abstract

Large-aperture lightweight space mirrors are critical for NASA space science missions. But, a technology gap exists between the current state-of-art and the optics required to enable planned missions (SAFIR, SUVO, MTRAP, TPF). Building on the highly successful JWST technology development program, a new unified sustained effort is required for these future missions. This effort’s objectives are to develop enabling mirror technology and to reduce cost & schedule. The ultimate goal is to return $10 of savings for each dollar invested. This paper summarizes the optic needs for several planned NASA missions and describes a technology development roadmap.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5180, Optical Manufacturing and Testing V, (22 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.514277
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H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5180:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing V
H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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