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Space optics: challenge and opportunity

Breckinridge, James B. (2004) Space optics: challenge and opportunity. In: Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.5524. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 9-13. ISBN 9780819454621.

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Innovative optical designs are needed to create the space sensor systems of the future. The NASA mission development process has created several very challenging design and engineering problems. Three of these are discussed: The SAFIR is a 15 to 25 meter clear aperture telescope cooled to 4 degrees Kelvin, with spectrographs and imaging systems cooled to 1 degree Kelvin. The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) will detect and characterize planets in orbit about other stars, The Stellar Interferometer (SI) will image across the surfaces of distant stars. Issues related to optical design & engineering and image quality will be discussed. This paper reviews the optical systems and engineering needs for next generation astrophysics missions.

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Additional Information:© 2004 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The author acknowledges helpful discussion with many of his colleagues at NASA HQ and at NASA centers to create the content of this overview and summary invited paper. This research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Official Citation:James B. Breckinridge, "Space optics: challenge and opportunity", Proc. SPIE 5524, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VII, (22 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560474;
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