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Key enabling technologies for the next generation of space telescopes
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The next generation of large space telescopes, including ATLAST, SAFIR, IXO and Generation-X will require the development of key technologies to enable their development at an affordable cost. This includes technologies for the rapid, low cost fabrication of ultra-light weight primary mirror segments, active figure control of primary mirror segments, high speed wavefront sensing and control, highly-packageable and scalable deployment techniques, and active vibration and thermal control for light weight structural elements to supply good pointing stability. In this paper we discuss the current state-of-the-art for these technologies and roadmaps for future development in these areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 773102 (30 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857826
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Charles F. Lillie, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Ronald S. Polidan, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Dean R. Dailey, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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