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A Study Of Telescope Maintenance And Updating In Orbit
Author(s): W. Gratz; W. Wetherell; N. Molesko; J. Lowrance
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Paper Abstract

The successful deployment and operation of large aperture, diffraction limited orbital telescopes is a major goal of the space program. Such telescopes will combine significant light gathering power with angular resolutions and spectral coverage completely unachievable by earth-bound telescopes. To justify theircosts, such telescopes must combine multimode operational capabilities of great versatility with very high component reliability, to give extended operational lifetimes. For telescopes in the 1-meter-aperture range, operational lifetimes of 4 to 5 years are essential. For telescopes of substantially larger aperture, operational lifetimes measured in decades are desired.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 1970
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 0019, Space Optics I, (24 March 1970); doi: 10.1117/12.946842
Show Author Affiliations
W. Gratz, Itek Corporation (United States)
W. Wetherell, Itek Corporation (United States)
N. Molesko, Chrysler Corporation (United States)
J. Lowrance, Princeton University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0019:
Space Optics I
Brian J. Thompson, Editor(s)

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