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Aerostatic platforms, past, present, and future: a prototype for astronomy?
Author(s): Gerhard F. O. von Appen-Schnur; Reimund Kueke; Ingolf Schaefer; K.-H. Stenvers
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Paper Abstract

The terrestrial atmosphere is a great nuisance to astronomical observations of celestial objects--the attenuation due to the water-vapor absorption and the image- sharpness diluting effect caused by thermal turbulence. The alternatives to ground-based telescopes have been hitherto space-based or airplane-borne telescopes. Astronomical telescopes on airship-like structures could circumvent the limitations of the former alternatives. Starting with the airships of the early 20th century we present the modern airships of the 21st century, that will serve as future flying cranes for heavy and spacious loads or quasi- geostationary platforms for telecommunications at heights of 20 km. A 2 m telescope on such an aerostatic platform could serve as a first prototype for an astronomical stratospheric observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389102
Show Author Affiliations
Gerhard F. O. von Appen-Schnur, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Reimund Kueke, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (Germany)
Ingolf Schaefer, Consultant to DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (Germany)
K.-H. Stenvers, Vertex Antennentechnik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4014:
Airborne Telescope Systems
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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