7 August 2014 Active optics for space applications: an ESA perspective
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Active optics for Space is relatively new field that takes advantage of lessons learnt on ground, and together with the tighter constrains of space environment it allows operation of larger mirrors apertures for space telescopes and better image quality. Technical developments are crucial to guarantee proper technological readiness for applications on new missions whose performance can be driven also by these novelties. This paper describes the philosophy pursued at ESA, providing an overview of the activities run within the Agency, as well as perspectives for new developments. The Optics Section of the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management of ESA/ESTEC is currently running three projects. Two examples are here addressed.
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Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, Pascal Hallibert, Pascal Hallibert, Joao Pereira do Carmo, Joao Pereira do Carmo, Eric Wille, Eric Wille, } "Active optics for space applications: an ESA perspective", Proc. SPIE 9151, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation, 915114 (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057594; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057594
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