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Integrated modeling of a semirigid hybrid mirror and a highly actuated membrane mirror as candidates for the Next Generation Space Telescope
Author(s): Lawrence Donald Craig; Brian Cuerden; David N. Jacobson; Andrew Kissil; Gregory V. Mehle; Gary E. Mosier; Max E. Nein; Timothy Page; Kenneth Pitalo; David C. Redding; Steven Sutherlin; Gary W. Wilkerson
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Paper Abstract

Advanced space telescopes which will eventually replace the Hubble Space Telescope will have 8 - 20 m diameter apertures. Primary mirrors of these dimensions will fold to fit into the space launcher. By necessity, these mirrors will be extremely lightweight and flexible. The historical approaches to mirror designs, where the mirror is made as rigid as possible to maintain figure and to serve as the anchor for the entire telescope, can no longer be applied. New design concepts and verification will depend entirely on analytical methods to predict optical performance. Integrated modeling of the structural, thermal, and optical performance of such mirrors is becoming the tool for advanced space mirror designs. This paper discusses some of the tasks and study results which are currently the basis for the design and integrated modeling studies of the Next Generation Space Telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.394049
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence Donald Craig, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Brian Cuerden, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
David N. Jacobson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Andrew Kissil, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gregory V. Mehle, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Gary E. Mosier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Max E. Nein, Pace & Waite, Inc. (United States)
Timothy Page, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kenneth Pitalo, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David C. Redding, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steven Sutherlin, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Gary W. Wilkerson, Micro Craft, Inc. (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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