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26 September 2013 Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) 2.4-meter mission study
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The most recent study of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission is based on reuse of an existing 2.4m telescope. This study was commissioned by NASA to examine the potential science return and cost effectiveness of WFIRST by using this significantly larger aperture telescope. We review the science program envisioned by the WFIRST 2012-2013 Science Definition Team (SDT), an overview of the mission concept, and the telescope design and status. Comparisons against the previous 1.3m and reduced cost 1.1m WFIRST design concepts are discussed. A significant departure from past point designs is the option for serviceability and the geostationary orbit location which enables servicing and replacement instrument insertion later during mission life. Other papers at this conference provide more in depth discussion of the wide field instrument and the optional exoplanet imaging coronagraph instrument.
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D. Content, K. Aaron, L. Abplanalp, K. Anderson, R. Capps, Z. Chang, J. Dooley, R. Egerman, R. Goullioud, D. Klein, J. Kruk, G. Kuan, M. Melton, J. Ruffa, M. Underhill, and D. Van Buren "Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) 2.4-meter mission study", Proc. SPIE 8860, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VI, 88600E (26 September 2013); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2027717
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