25 August 2010 Optical micro-satellite telescopes using a synthetic aperture approach for improved resolution
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The resolution of conventional space telescopes is limited by the size of their aperture. High resolution telescopes must have large aperture primary mirrors - heavy, expensive and costly to deliver to orbit. In contrast, micro-satellites are small, relatively inexpensive, and are often "hitch-hiked" with other payload to orbit. However, the size of micro-satellites limits them to small aperture optics. By combining multiple images from a suitably-designed telescope with several small mirrors and digitally post-processing the combined image, it is possible to obtain higher resolution. The optical layout and the digital post-synthesis for these proposed micro-satellite telescopes are presented and analyzed.
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I. Glaser, I. Glaser, Evgeny Chernyak, Evgeny Chernyak, } "Optical micro-satellite telescopes using a synthetic aperture approach for improved resolution", Proc. SPIE 7787, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIII, 778709 (25 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859243; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.859243
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