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Advances in starshade technology readiness for an exoplanet characterizing science mission in the 2020's
Author(s): David Webb; Brian Hirsch; Case Bradford; John Steeves; Douglas Lisman; Stuart Shaklan; Vinh Bach; Mark Thomson
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Paper Abstract

The discovery of thousands of exoplanets is generating increasing interest in the direct imaging and characterization of these planets. Starshade, an external occulter, could fly in formation between a telescope and distant star, blocking out the light from the star, and enabling us to focus on the light of any orbiting planets. Recent technology developments in coordination with system level design, has added much needed detail to define the technology requirements for a science mission that could launch in the 2020’s. This paper addresses the mechanical architecture, the successful efforts to date, the current state of design for the mechanical system, and upcoming technology efforts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 99126H (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232587
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David Webb, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brian Hirsch, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Case Bradford, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John Steeves, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Douglas Lisman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Vinh Bach, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mark Thomson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9912:
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Ramón Navarro; James H. Burge, Editor(s)

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