2 August 2014 AMTD: update of engineering specifications derived from science requirements for future UVOIR space telescopes
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The Advance Mirror Technology Development (AMTD) project is in Phase 2 of a multiyear effort, initiated in FY12, to mature by at least a half TRL step six critical technologies required to enable 4 meter or larger UVOIR space telescope primary mirror assemblies for both general astrophysics and ultra-high contrast observations of exoplanets. AMTD uses a science-driven systems engineering approach. We mature technologies required to enable the highest priority science AND provide a high-performance low-cost low-risk system. To give the science community options, we are pursuing multiple technology paths. A key task is deriving engineering specifications for advanced normal-incidence monolithic and segmented mirror systems needed to enable both general astrophysics and ultra-high contrast observations of exoplanets missions as a function of potential launch vehicles and their mass and volume constraints. A key finding of this effort is that the science requires an 8 meter or larger aperture telescope.
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H. Philip Stahl, H. Philip Stahl, Marc Postman, Marc Postman, Gary Mosier, Gary Mosier, W. Scott Smith, W. Scott Smith, Carl Blaurock, Carl Blaurock, Kong Ha, Kong Ha, Christopher C. Stark, Christopher C. Stark, } "AMTD: update of engineering specifications derived from science requirements for future UVOIR space telescopes", Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91431T (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054766; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2054766
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