3 March 2003 Airworthiness verification of an airborne telescope in practice
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The SOFIA Telescope is part of the outer hull of the pressurized passenger cabin of the SOFIA aircraft, in which the aircraft crew, the astronomers and their guests are located during flight. Therefore the telescope - including the science instrument - is an airworthiness relevant component of the observatory and has to fulfill airworthiness standards ac-cording the Federal Aviation Authority. The airworthiness issues were main drivers in the process of design, manufacturing, quality control, testing and documentation. The paper describes the experience gotten during this troublesome, exciting and costly job.
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Hartmut Dreger, Hartmut Dreger, Eckhard Bremers, Eckhard Bremers, Juergen Kuehn, Juergen Kuehn, Peter Eisentraeger, Peter Eisentraeger, } "Airworthiness verification of an airborne telescope in practice", Proc. SPIE 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458584; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.458584
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