26 September 2013 In-space infrastructures and the Modular Assembled Space Telescope (MAST)
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Although current budget realities discourage optimism regarding future development of large spaceborne astronomical telescopes, it is prudent to identify options that may enhance future cost-benefit ratios and enhance system opportunities sooner rather than later. Using a concept for a 20 meter UV-Optical-IR (UVOIR) telescope known as the Modular Assembled Space Telescope (MAST) assembled in space and operating in Sun-Earth L2 (SEL2) halo orbit as a baseline, this paper discusses proposed concepts and technologies for infrastructures related to deep space human and robotic exploration missions that could create opportunities for such a space telescope. The paper also explores the possibility that a telescope such as MAST or the related infrastructure could itself be leveraged to benefit other missions, for example through shared use of space and ground infrastructure, in-space operational experience, or other forms of collaboration.
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Howard A. MacEwen, Howard A. MacEwen, } "In-space infrastructures and the Modular Assembled Space Telescope (MAST)", Proc. SPIE 8860, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VI, 886009 (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023373; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023373
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