26 August 2009 Design for an 8-meter monolithic UV/OIR space telescope
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ATLAST-8 is an 8-meter monolithic UV/optical/NIR space observatory to be placed in orbit at Sun-Earth L2 by NASA's planned Ares V cargo launch vehicle. ATLAST-8 will yield fundamental astronomical breakthroughs. A one year mission concept study has developed a detailed point design for the optical telescope assembly and spacecraft. The mission concept assumes two enabling technologies: NASA's planned Ares-V launch vehicle (scheduled for 2019) and autonomous rendezvous and docking (AR&D). The unprecedented Ares-V payload and mass capacity enables the use of a massive, monolithic, thin-meniscus primary mirror - similar to a VLT or Subaru. Furthermore, it enables simple robust design rules to mitigate cost, schedule and performance risk. AR&D enables on-orbit servicing, extending mission life and enhancing science return.
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H. Philip Stahl, H. Philip Stahl, Marc Postman, Marc Postman, William R. Arnold, William R. Arnold, Randall Hopkins, Randall Hopkins, Linda Hornsby, Linda Hornsby, Gary E. Mosier, Gary E. Mosier, Bert A. Pasquale, Bert A. Pasquale, "Design for an 8-meter monolithic UV/OIR space telescope", Proc. SPIE 7436, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV, 743609 (26 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826736; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.826736
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