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Cost-effective advanced technology telescope system for detecting near-Earth objects and space debris
Author(s): Syuzo Isobe; James E. Mulherin; Scott P. Way; Elwood C. Downey; Koichi Nishimura; Izumi Doi; Masatoshi Saotome
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Paper Abstract

We are currently constructing a 0.5-meter and a 1-meter wide-field telescope that will operate in tandem to detect and track Near Earth Objects and space debris. The telescopes have a single flat-plane Cassegrain focus, are optimized for a specific range of wavelengths of light, a small focal ratio with a wide field of view, and hold a single multi-chip CCD camera as their only observational instrument. Because these telescopes are designed for a specific type of observation, the costs of the telescopes are greatly reduced compared to similar sized multipurpose telescopes systems. To achieve high-quality NEO/Space Debris observations, the manufacturers of the telescope systems, CCD cameras, facilities, and software work together to integrate their cutting-edge technologies into a single robust system. In this paper we discuss the strategy, design, and implementation of our manufacturing team approach to building cost-effective advanced technology telescope systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4004, Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning, (2 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393942
Show Author Affiliations
Syuzo Isobe, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
James E. Mulherin, Torus Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Scott P. Way, Pixel Vision, Inc. (United States)
Elwood C. Downey, Clear Sky Institute Inc. (United States)
Koichi Nishimura, Nishimura Seisakusho Co. Ltd. (Japan)
Izumi Doi, Nakamura Construction Co. Ltd. (United States)
Masatoshi Saotome, Japan Space Forum (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4004:
Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning
Thomas A. Sebring; Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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