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10 July 2018 Enabling technologies for future large optical missions: current perspectives for astronomy and Earth observation at ESA
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The current quest for higher resolution and sensitivity for Astronomy and Earth Observation space missions is leading to larger entrance apertures for future optical payloads, resulting in new technological challenges in terms of optomechanical manufacturing, integration and testing. Ensuring feasibility and minimizing schedule impact of tight manufacturing and integration constraints or mitigating adverse in-orbit effects, Active Optics encompasses a range of enabling technologies for future large optical space instruments.

We present here an updated status overview of our current R and D activities in Active Optics, ranging from deformable space-compatible components to full correction chains. Finally we will share our perspectives on the way-forward to reaching technological maturity and ensuring implementation within future large optical missions.
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Pascal Hallibert "Enabling technologies for future large optical missions: current perspectives for astronomy and Earth observation at ESA", Proc. SPIE 10706, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III, 107060T (10 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2313267
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