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SOFIA telescope
Author(s): Alfred Krabbe
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Paper Abstract

The SOFIA telescope as the heart of the observatory is a major technological challenge. I present an overview on the astronomical and scientific requirements for such a big airborne observatory and demonstrate the impact of these requirements on the layout of SOFIA, in particular on the telescope design as it is now. Selected components of the telescope will be described in their context and functionality. The current status of the telescope is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389103
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Alfred Krabbe, DLR (United States)


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

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