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New Entrance Shade Design For SIRTF
Author(s): Paul K. Davis
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Paper Abstract

A new design for the entrance shade for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is presented. The evolution of the entrance shade began with a simple frustum, symmetrical about the telescope axis, when SIRTF was expected to be shuttle-attached. With the change to a free-flying SIRTF this frustum was cut off at an angle. The telescope will be operated so that whenever not in the earth's shadow the high side is kept toward the sun. However, the entrance shade interior itself will be so warm that the optics, including the secondary mirror and its mechanisms and support structure, will be restricted to the rear part of the barrel, termed the aftbaffle, which is shaded from the interior of the entrance shade by the forebaffle. This is best accomplished by the most recent design in which the axis of the entrance shade is offset from the telescope axis. This results in a shorter entrance shade, shorter forebaffle, and a shaded region within the barrel which is symmetrical about the telescope axis. All of these are advantageous. The new design procedure can also be applied to entrance shades for other space telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 1988
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0973, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments III, (27 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.948329
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Paul K. Davis, NASA Ames Research Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0973:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments III
Ramsey K. Melugin; Warren G. Pierce, Editor(s)

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