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Mirror design study for a segmented HabEx system
Author(s): James T. Mooney; Matthew East; Bruce Rottner; Chistopher Sullivan; David Wideman; David Redding; Kevin Schulz
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Paper Abstract

NASA is exploring telescope and mirror technology options to meet the demanding science goals of the proposed HabEx space telescope. A key priority for the HabEx mission concept would be to leverage affordable telescope solutions that can meet challenging telescope performance requirements with a demanding program timeline. The baseline approach for HabEx is to use an unobscured, monolithic primary mirror with a coronagraph to optimize system performance. NASA is performing an initial study to investigate the feasibility of a HabEx Lite concept which would not leverage a coronagraph and would therefore, have lower exoEarth yield as a consequence, but could provide system mass, cost, and schedule advantages. The HabEx Lite concept leverages replicated, ULE® mirror segments to provide an attractive, alternative telescope architecture to meet the HabEx threshold mission needs. We present the initial mirror design and performance assessment for the HabEx Lite concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106983I (24 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314279
Show Author Affiliations
James T. Mooney, Harris Corp. (United States)
Matthew East, Harris Corp. (United States)
Bruce Rottner, Harris Corp. (United States)
Chistopher Sullivan, Harris Corp. (United States)
David Wideman, Harris Corp. (United States)
David Redding, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kevin Schulz, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10698:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Makenzie Lystrup; Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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