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The next-generation infrared astronomy mission SPICA under the new framework
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We present the current status of SPICA (Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics), which is a mission optimized for mid- and far-infrared astronomy with a cryogenically cooled 3.2 m telescope. SPICA is expected to achieve high spatial resolution and unprecedented sensitivity in the mid- and far-infrared, which will enable us to address a number of key problems in present-day astronomy, ranging from the star-formation history of the universe to the formation of planets. We have carried out the “Risk Mitigation Phase” activity, in which key technologies essential to the realization of the mission have been extensively developed. Consequently, technical risks for the success of the mission have been significantly mitigated. Along with these technical activities, the international collaboration framework of SPICA had been revisited, which resulted in maintenance of SPICA as a JAXA-led mission as in the original plan but with larger contribution of ESA than that in the original plan. To enable the ESA participation, a SPICA proposal to ESA is under consideration as a medium-class mission under the framework of the ESA Cosmic Vision. The target launch year of SPICA under the new framework is FY2025.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91431I (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055947
Show Author Affiliations
Takao Nakagawa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Hiroshi Shibai, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Takashi Onaka, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Hideo Matsuhara, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Hidehiro Kaneda, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Peter Roelfsema, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9143:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mark Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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