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Science promise and conceptual mission design for SAFIR: the single aperture far-infrared observatory
Author(s): Dan Lester; Dominic Benford; Harold Yorke; C. M. Bradford; K. Parrish; H. Stahl
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Paper Abstract

We report on completion of the SAFIR Vision Mission study, as organized by the NASA Science Mission Directorate. This study resulted in a focused baseline design for this large aperture space observatory that capitalizes on architectures being actively developed for JWST and other missions. Special opportunities for achieving thermal performance of this <10 K telescope are reviewed, as well as efforts to understand capabilities and needs for focal plane instrument and I and T on this large (10 m-class) telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2006
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62651X (7 July 2006);
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Dan Lester, Univ. of Texas, Austin (United States)
Dominic Benford, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Harold Yorke, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
C. M. Bradford, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
K. Parrish, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
H. Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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