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Integration and verification of the Terrestrial Planet Finder coronagraphic observatory
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Paper Abstract

The goal of the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) mission is to detect and characterize terrestrial exoplanets at visible wavelengths. One approach combines an 8m by 3.5m aperture telescope with a coronagraph (TPF-C) to obtain the required planet to parent star contrast. The proposed design places severe constraints on alignment tolerances and requires optics of the highest possible quality. The integration, test and verification of the observatory will require extraordinary procedures. This paper is an initial attempt to outline a plausible program to verify before launch the in-orbit performance requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5905, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets II, 59051C (5 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615707
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew M. Smith, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Carl Blaurock, Nightsky Systems, Inc. (United States)
Michael Krim, Consultant (United States)
Marie Levine, NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Alice Liu, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony J. Martino, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Raymond G. Ohl, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joseph Pitman, Lockheed Martin ATC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5905:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets II
Daniel R. Coulter, Editor(s)

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