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Design for an 8-meter monolithic UV/OIR space telescope
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Marc Postman; William R. Arnold; Randall Hopkins; Linda Hornsby; Gary E. Mosier; Bert A. Pasquale
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Paper Abstract

ATLAST-8 is an 8-meter monolithic UV/optical/NIR space observatory to be placed in orbit at Sun-Earth L2 by NASA's planned Ares V cargo launch vehicle. ATLAST-8 will yield fundamental astronomical breakthroughs. A one year mission concept study has developed a detailed point design for the optical telescope assembly and spacecraft. The mission concept assumes two enabling technologies: NASA's planned Ares-V launch vehicle (scheduled for 2019) and autonomous rendezvous and docking (AR&D). The unprecedented Ares-V payload and mass capacity enables the use of a massive, monolithic, thin-meniscus primary mirror - similar to a VLT or Subaru. Furthermore, it enables simple robust design rules to mitigate cost, schedule and performance risk. AR&D enables on-orbit servicing, extending mission life and enhancing science return.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7436, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV, 743609 (26 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826736
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marc Postman, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
William R. Arnold, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Randall Hopkins, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Linda Hornsby, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gary E. Mosier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Bert A. Pasquale, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7436:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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