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A unified future for ground and space optical telescopes
Author(s): Steven Kilston
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Paper Abstract

We view broadly the science and technology drivers for both space and ground optical telescopes, in order to identify the unique capabilities and limitations in each domain. This leads us to consider the potential for effective "divisions of labor" and synergies to enhance scientific value. We project the influence of new enabling technologies, human priorities, international collaboration issues, and funding expectations. Finally, we discuss current NASA and ESA optical astronomy mission goals, and speculate on long-term forecasts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5899, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts II, 58990E (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.624232
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Steven Kilston, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5899:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts II
Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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