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Technology for a Mid-IR Flagship Mission to Characterize Earth-like Exoplanets

Lawson, P. R. and Akeson, R. L. and Beichman, C. A. and Mawet, D. (2009) Technology for a Mid-IR Flagship Mission to Characterize Earth-like Exoplanets. In: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, Technology Development Papers. Technology Development Papers. No.53. NASA , Pasadena, CA, p. 1.

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The exploration of Earth-like exoplanets will be enabled at mid-infrared wavelengths through technology and engineering advances in nulling interferometry and precision formation flying. Nulling interferometry provides the dynamic range needed for the detection of biomarkers. Formation flying provides the angular resolution required in the mid-infrared to separately distinguish the spectra of planets in multi-planet systems. The flight performance requirements for nulling have been met and must now be validated in a flight-like environment. Formation-flying algorithms have been demonstrated in the lab and must now be validated in space. Our proposed technology program is described.

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Additional Information:© 2009 This research was carried out through the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Series Name:Technology Development Papers
Issue or Number:53
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