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Optical micro-satellite telescopes using a synthetic aperture approach for improved resolution
Author(s): I. Glaser; Evgeny Chernyak
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Paper Abstract

The resolution of conventional space telescopes is limited by the size of their aperture. High resolution telescopes must have large aperture primary mirrors - heavy, expensive and costly to deliver to orbit. In contrast, micro-satellites are small, relatively inexpensive, and are often "hitch-hiked" with other payload to orbit. However, the size of micro-satellites limits them to small aperture optics. By combining multiple images from a suitably-designed telescope with several small mirrors and digitally post-processing the combined image, it is possible to obtain higher resolution. The optical layout and the digital post-synthesis for these proposed micro-satellite telescopes are presented and analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7787, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIII, 778709 (25 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859243
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I. Glaser, Holon Institute of Technology (Israel)
Evgeny Chernyak, Holon Institute of Technology (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7787:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIII
G. Groot Gregory; R. John Koshel, Editor(s)

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