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Update on parametric cost models for space telescopes
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Todd Henrichs; Alexander Luedtke; Miranda West
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Paper Abstract

Parametric cost models are used to plan missions, compare concepts and justify technology investments. This paper updates an ongoing effort to develop cost modes for space telescopes and summarizes how recent database changes have changed previously published preliminary results. While the models are evolving, the previously published findings are valid: telescope cost increases with aperture diameter; it costs less per square meter of collecting aperture to build a large telescope than a small telescope; lower areal density telescopes cost more than more massive telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8146, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts V, 81460F (15 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894085
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Todd Henrichs, Middle Tennessee State Univ. (United States)
Alexander Luedtke, Brown Univ. (United States)
Miranda West, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8146:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts V
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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