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Current status of the Terrestrial Planet Finder structurally connected interferometer concept
Author(s): Louise A. Hamlin; Curt A. Henry; Douglas S. Adams; Paul D. MacNeal; John M. Cardone; Ronald G. Holm
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Paper Abstract

This overview paper describes the system design of the structurally-connected interferometer (SCI) concept studied for the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) project. This paper covers progress since August 2003 and serves as an update to a paper presented at that month's SPIE conference, "Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets". SCI trade studies conducted since mid-2003 have focused on key factors driving overall flight segment mass and performance, including launch vehicle packaging, structural design, and instrument layout. This paper summarizes the results of the recent design trades, with discussion of the primary requirements that drive the baseline design concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5555, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VIII, (1 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.559907
Show Author Affiliations
Louise A. Hamlin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Curt A. Henry, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Douglas S. Adams, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Paul D. MacNeal, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John M. Cardone, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ronald G. Holm, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5555:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VIII
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Y. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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