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22 September 2015 A future large-aperture UVOIR space observatory: reference designs
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Our joint NASA GSFC/JPL/MSFC/STScI study team has used community-provided science goals to derive mission needs, requirements, and candidate mission architectures for a future large-aperture, non-cryogenic UVOIR space observatory. We describe the feasibility assessment of system thermal and dynamic stability for supporting coronagraphy. The observatory is in a Sun-Earth L2 orbit providing a stable thermal environment and excellent field of regard. Reference designs include a 36-segment 9.2 m aperture telescope that stows within a five meter diameter launch vehicle fairing. Performance needs developed under the study are traceable to a variety of reference designs including options for a monolithic primary mirror.
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Norman Rioux, Harley Thronson, Lee Feinberg, H. Philip Stahl, Dave Redding, Andrew Jones, James Sturm, Christine Collins, and Alice Liu "A future large-aperture UVOIR space observatory: reference designs", Proc. SPIE 9602, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII, 960205 (22 September 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2187758
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