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Multivariable parametric cost model for ground-based telescopes
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Ginger Holmes Rowell; Gayle Reese; Alicia Byberg
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Paper Abstract

A parametric cost model for ground-based telescopes is developed using multi-variable statistical analysis of both engineering and performance parameters. While diameter continues to be the dominant cost driver, diffraction limited wavelength is found to be a secondary driver. Other parameters such as radius of curvature were examined. The model includes an explicit factor for primary mirror segmentation and/or duplication (i.e. multi-telescope phased-array systems). Additionally, single variable models based on aperture diameter were derived.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5497, Modeling and Systems Engineering for Astronomy, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552167
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ginger Holmes Rowell, Middle Tennessee State Univ. (United States)
Gayle Reese, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Alicia Byberg, Lockheed Martin Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5497:
Modeling and Systems Engineering for Astronomy
Simon C. Craig; Martin J. Cullum, Editor(s)

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