19 September 2007 The lighter side of TPF-C: evaluating the scientific gain from a smaller mission concept
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For the past several years NASA has been developing the Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph (TPF-C), a space based telescope mission to look for Earth-like extra-solar planets. By evaluating the cumulative number of habitable zones observable with a given observation sequence (completeness) we test the relative merits of the baseline 8-m telescope design and smaller (2.5 - 4 m), less capable TPF-C designs based on various coronagraph technologies as well as external occulters.
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Sarah L. Hunyadi, Sarah L. Hunyadi, Stuart B. Shaklan, Stuart B. Shaklan, Robert A. Brown, Robert A. Brown, } "The lighter side of TPF-C: evaluating the scientific gain from a smaller mission concept", Proc. SPIE 6693, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets III, 66930Q (19 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.733454; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.733454


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