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Conceptual Design Of A Coherent Optical System Of Modular Imaging Collectors (COSMIC)
Author(s): Max E. Nein; Billy G. Davis
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Paper Abstract

A concept is presented for a phase-coherent optical telescope array which may be deployed in orbit by the Space Shuttle in the 1990's. The system would start out as a four-element linear array with a 12 m baseline. The initial module is a minimum redundant array with a photon-collecting area three times larger than Space Telescope and a one-dimensional resolution of better than 0.01 arc seconds in the visible range. Thermal structural requirements for the optical bench are assessed, and major subsystem concepts are identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 1982
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0332, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I, (4 November 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933516
Show Author Affiliations
Max E. Nein, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
Billy G. Davis, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0332:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I
Lawrence D. Barr; Geoffrey Burbidge, Editor(s)

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