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Technology for the Next Generation Space Telescope
Author(s): Daniel R. Coulter; David N. Jacobson
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Paper Abstract

The Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) is a major element of NASA's Origins Program. It is planned to be a deployable infrared telescope with an 8 m diameter aperture and a sensitivity approximately equals 1000 times greater than any currently existing infrared telescope. The scientific goals of NGST include imaging and spectroscopic characterization of the earliest galaxies and proto-galaxies, which formed following the `big bang'. Several years ago, NASA embarked on an aggressive technology development effort covering a number of technical areas including optics, detectors, deployable structures, wavefront control, passive cooling, operations, etc. This paper presents an overview of the status of the program NASA is pursuing to provide the necessary technologies, which will enable an exciting, affordable NGST mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.394046
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel R. Coulter, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David N. Jacobson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4013:
UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
James B. Breckinridge; Peter Jakobsen, Editor(s)

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