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The Terrestrial Planet Finder coronagraph: technology and mission design studies
Author(s): Virginia G. Ford; P. Douglas Lisman; Stuart B. Shaklan; John T. Trauger; Timothy Ho; Daniel Hoppe; Andrew E. Lowman
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Paper Abstract

The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) Coronagraph study involves exploring the technologies that enable a coronagraph-style instrument to image and characterize earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars. Test beds have been developed to demonstrate the emerging technologies needed for this effort and an architecture study has resulted in designs of a facility that will provide the environment needed for the technology to function in this role. A broad community of participants is involved in this work through studies, analyses, fabrication of components, and participation in the design effort. The scope of activities - both on the technology side and on the architecture study side - will be presented in this paper. The status and the future plans of the activities will be reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551539
Show Author Affiliations
Virginia G. Ford, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
P. Douglas Lisman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart B. Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John T. Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Timothy Ho, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Daniel Hoppe, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andrew E. Lowman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5487:
Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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