Operation of a small survey telescope in space like GESE is usually simpler than operations of large telescopes driven by the varied scientific programs of the observers or by transient events. Nevertheless, both types of telescopes share two common challenges: maximizing the integration time on target, while minimizing operation costs including communication costs and staffing on the ground. We show in the case of GESE how these challenges can be met through a custom orbit and a system design emphasizing simplification and leveraging information from ground-based telescopes.
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Sara Heap, David Folta, Qian Gong, Joseph Howard, Tony Hull, Lloyd Purves, "End-to-end simulations and planning of a small space telescopes: Galaxy Evolution Spectroscopic Explorer: a case study," Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 991117 (10 August 2016);