12 September 2007 New Worlds Observer: system architecture for terrestrial planet finding
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The New Worlds Observer (NWO) is a mission concept for the detection and characterization of extra-solar planets. It employs an external starshade and a space telescope. The starshade suppressed the parent star's light making detection of the extrasolar planet possible. This paper reviews the proposed requirements for the Terrestrial Planet Finding (TPF) mission. Using current understanding of the performance and trades inherent in the NWO architecture it is shown how to construct the allowed design space for a NWO mission.
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Jonathan W. Arenberg, Jonathan W. Arenberg, Ronald S. Polidan, Ronald S. Polidan, Tiffany Glassman, Tiffany Glassman, Amy S. Lo, Amy S. Lo, Charles F. Lillie, Charles F. Lillie, } "New Worlds Observer: system architecture for terrestrial planet finding", Proc. SPIE 6693, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets III, 669302 (12 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.733560; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.733560
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