14 June 2006 Concept for a large scalable space telescope: in-space assembly
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We present a conceptual design for a scalable (10-50 meter segmented filled-aperture) space observatory operating at UV-optical-near infrared wavelengths. This telescope is designed for assembly in space by robots, astronauts or a combination of the two, as envisioned in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration. Our operations concept for this space telescope provides for assembly and check-out in an Earth Moon L2 (EML2) orbit, and transport to a Sun-Earth L2 (SEL2) orbit for science operations and routine servicing, with return to EML2 for major servicing. We have developed and analyzed initial designs for the optical, structural, thermal and attitude control systems for a 30-m aperture space telescope. We further describe how the separate components are packaged for launch by heavy lift vehicle(s) and the approach for the robot assembly of the telescope from these components.
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W. R. Oegerle, W. R. Oegerle, L. R. Purves, L. R. Purves, J. G. Budinoff, J. G. Budinoff, R. V. Moe, R. V. Moe, T. M. Carnahan, T. M. Carnahan, D. C. Evans, D. C. Evans, C. K. Kim, C. K. Kim, } "Concept for a large scalable space telescope: in-space assembly", Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62652C (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672244; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672244
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