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The Chopping Secondary Mirror For The Kuiper Airborne Observatory
Author(s): Charles H. Downey; Randal S. Abbott; Phillip I. Arter; Dale A. Hope; Dan A. Payne; E. A. Roybal; Daniel F. Lester; James O. McClenahan
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports on the design, construction, and implementation of a new chopping secondary mirror system for the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. This observatory facility maintains a 0.91 m diameter telescope in a modified C-141 aircraft at the NASA Ames Research Center. This telescope is routinely used at stratospheric altitudes for astronomical observations at infrared and submillimeter wavelengths that are inaccessible from the ground.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1989
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1167, Precision Engineering and Optomechanics, (9 November 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962955
Show Author Affiliations
Charles H. Downey, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Randal S. Abbott, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Phillip I. Arter, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Dale A. Hope, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Dan A. Payne, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
E. A. Roybal, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Daniel F. Lester, University of Texas (United States)
James O. McClenahan, NASA/Ames Research Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1167:
Precision Engineering and Optomechanics
Daniel Vukobratovich, Editor(s)

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