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Cost Scaling Laws Applicable To Very Large Optical Telescopes
Author(s): Aden B. Meinel
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Paper Abstract

Cost and weight data for optical and radio telescopes are analysed to derive scaling laws appropriate to the design and costing of very large telescopes of the future. A scaling law exponent close to the 2.0 power of aperture diameter is found for telescopes of comparable sophistication ranging from a 0.4 m to 5.0 m aperture, in contrast to the often cited 2.7 exponent. Predicted characteristics for a 25-meter aperture steerable dish NGT are 5x106 kg, 20 $/kg and a total cost of 1.3x108$.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 1979
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0172, Instrumentation in Astronomy III, (3 May 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957059
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Aden B. Meinel, University of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0172:
Instrumentation in Astronomy III
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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