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The lighter side of TPF-C: evaluating the scientific gain from a smaller mission concept
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Paper Abstract

For the past several years NASA has been developing the Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph (TPF-C), a space based telescope mission to look for Earth-like extra-solar planets. By evaluating the cumulative number of habitable zones observable with a given observation sequence (completeness) we test the relative merits of the baseline 8-m telescope design and smaller (2.5 - 4 m), less capable TPF-C designs based on various coronagraph technologies as well as external occulters.

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Date Published: 19 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6693, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets III, 66930Q (19 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.733454
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Sarah L. Hunyadi, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart B. Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert A. Brown, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6693:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets III
Daniel R. Coulter, Editor(s)

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