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A Very Large Space Telescope For Optical/UV Astronomy
Author(s): Max E. Nein; John W. Warner
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Paper Abstract

A concept is presented for a Ritchey-Chretien optical-UV telescope to be deployed in orbit using a preassembled segmented primary mirror of 8 meter aperture, carried into orbit inside the modified interstage of the Space Shuttle External Tank. Shuttle revisits allow major assembly tasks to proceed such as the installation of the light shield, fine alignment of the system and attachment of scientific instrument modules to the instrument adapter. Prime technology requirements for the VLST are assessed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 August 1980
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0228, Active Optical Devices and Applications, (15 August 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958776
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Max E. Nein, Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
John W. Warner, Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0228:
Active Optical Devices and Applications
William J. Cuneo, Editor(s)

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