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Assessment study of the SPICA telescope assembly
Author(s): N. Rando; O. Brunner; D. Doyle; B. Fransen; A. Heras; J. M. Lautier; M. Linder; L. Popken; T. Nakagawa
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Paper Abstract

The paper provides a summary of the results of the assessment study conducted on the SPICA Telescope Assembly (STA). SPICA (SPace Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) was selected for study as a mission of opportunity within the science programme Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 of the European Space Agency, with a planned launch in 2017. Observing in the 5 - 210 micron waveband, one of its major goals is the discovery of the origins of planets and galaxies. ESA's main contribution is the provision of the SPICA Telescope Assembly (STA) featuring a 3.5 m primary mirror cooled to < 6K. A nationally funded European FIR instrument (SAFARI) would also be part of SPICA's payload. Following an internal ESA study carried out in Q1 and Q2 2008, a parallel competitive industrial study (phase A level) has been performed. The main results achieved during this study are summarised.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7436, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV, 743605 (26 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826012
Show Author Affiliations
N. Rando, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
O. Brunner, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
D. Doyle, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
B. Fransen, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
A. Heras, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
J. M. Lautier, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
M. Linder, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
L. Popken, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
T. Nakagawa, JAXA (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7436:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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