28 August 2014 An analysis of technology gaps and priorities in support of probe-scale coronagraph and starshade missions
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This paper provides a survey of the state-of-the-art in coronagraph and starshade technologies and highlights areas where advances are needed to enable future NASA exoplanet missions. An analysis is provided of the remaining technology gaps and the relative priorities of technology investments leading to a mission that could follow JWST. This work is being conducted in support of NASAs Astrophysics Division and the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP), who are in the process of assessing options for future missions. ExEP has funded Science and Technology Definition Teams to study coronagraphs and starshade mission concepts having a lifecycle cost cap of less than $1B. This paper provides a technology gap analysis for these concepts.
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P. R. Lawson, P. R. Lawson, S. Seager, S. Seager, K. Stapelfeldt, K. Stapelfeldt, M. Brenner, M. Brenner, D. Lisman, D. Lisman, N. Siegler, N. Siegler, S. Unwin, S. Unwin, K. Warfield, K. Warfield, } "An analysis of technology gaps and priorities in support of probe-scale coronagraph and starshade missions", Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91432Q (28 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054939; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2054939
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