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Conceptual design of an autonomously assembled space telescope (AAST)
Author(s): Santanu Basu
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Paper Abstract

We will present a new approach to enable very large aperture telescopes in space. The approach is to autonomously assemble a segmented filled aperture telescope in space using components which may be launched into orbit using multiple launches. Autonomous assembly is a technology that can break the 10 m barrier in space optics imposed by launch vehicle limitations. The autonomously assembled space telescope (AAST) will follow the lead of Hubble telescope which uses monolithic optics, and JWST, which will implement deployable optics. An autonomously assembled space telescope of greater than 10 m diameter can significantly enhance the resolution and detection limit for imaging and space science, as well as enable formation of cost effective telescope constellations in space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5166, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts, (30 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.516464
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Santanu Basu, Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5166:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts
Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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