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FalconSAT-7: a membrane photon sieve CubeSat solar telescope
Author(s): Geoff Andersen; Olha Asmolov; Michael E. Dearborn; Matthew G. McHarg
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Paper Abstract

We are currently constructing FalconSAT-7 for launch in mid-2014. The low-Earth, 3U CubeSat solar telescope incorporates a 0.2m deployable membrane photon sieve with over 2.5 billion holes. The aim of the experiment is to demonstrate diffraction limited imaging of a collapsible, diffractive primary over a narrow bandwidth. As well as being simpler to manufacture and deploy than curved, polished surfaces, the sheets do not have to be optically flat, greatly reducing many engineering issues. As such, the technology is particularly promising as a means to achieve extremely large optical primaries from compact, lightweight packages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84421C (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924250
Show Author Affiliations
Geoff Andersen, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Olha Asmolov, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Michael E. Dearborn, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Matthew G. McHarg, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8442:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Mark C. Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen; Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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