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9 September 2019 A Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) starshade-only architectures
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The HabEx mission concept is intended to directly image planetary systems around nearby stars, and to perform a wide range of general astrophysics and solar system observations. The baseline HabEx design would use both a coronagraph and a starshade for exoplanet discovery and characterization. We describe a lower-cost alternative HabEx mission design, which would only use a starshade for exoplanet science. The starshade would provide excellent exoplanet science performance, but for a smaller number of detected exoplanets of all types, including exoEarth candidates, and a smaller fraction of exoplanets with measured orbits. The full suite of HabEx general astrophysics and solar-system science would be supported.
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David Redding, Keith Coste, Otto Polanco, Claudia Pineda, Kevin Hurd, Howard Tseng, Stefan Martin, Rhonda Morgan, Kevin Schulz, Jonathan Tesch, Eric Cady, Michael Rodgers, Matthew East, Chris Stark, Gordon Wu, Pei Huang, Bradley Hood, Derek Chan, Dustin Putnam, Suzan Greene, Sandra Johnson, and Jonathan Benson "A Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) starshade-only architectures", Proc. SPIE 11115, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX, 111150V (9 September 2019);

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