16 September 2004 Multivariable parametric cost model for ground-based telescopes
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A parametric cost model for ground-based telescopes is developed using multi-variable statistical analysis of both engineering and performance parameters. While diameter continues to be the dominant cost driver, diffraction limited wavelength is found to be a secondary driver. Other parameters such as radius of curvature were examined. The model includes an explicit factor for primary mirror segmentation and/or duplication (i.e. multi-telescope phased-array systems). Additionally, single variable models based on aperture diameter were derived.
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H. Philip Stahl, Ginger Holmes Rowell, Gayle Reese, Alicia Byberg, "Multivariable parametric cost model for ground-based telescopes", Proc. SPIE 5497, Modeling and Systems Engineering for Astronomy, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552167; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552167

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