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Potential astrophysics science missions enabled by NASA's planned Ares V
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Harley Thronson; Stephanie Langhoff; Marc Postman; Daniel Lester; Charles F. Lillie; Roger J. Brissenden
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Paper Abstract

NASA's planned Ares V cargo launch vehicle with its 10 m diameter fairing and ~60,000 kg payload mass to L2 offers the potential to launch entirely new classes of missions, such as 8-m monolithic aperture telescopes, 12- to 16-m aperture x-ray telescopes, 16- to 24-m segmented telescopes and highly capable outer planet missions. This paper summarizes the current Ares V baseline performance and reviews potential mission concepts enabled by these capabilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7436, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV, 743607 (26 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826748
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Harley Thronson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stephanie Langhoff, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Marc Postman, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Daniel Lester, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Charles F. Lillie, Northrop Grumman Space Technology (United States)
Roger J. Brissenden, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

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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