22 July 2016 Advances in starshade technology readiness for an exoplanet characterizing science mission in the 2020's
Author Affiliations +
Abstract
The discovery of thousands of exoplanets is generating increasing interest in the direct imaging and characterization of these planets. Starshade, an external occulter, could fly in formation between a telescope and distant star, blocking out the light from the star, and enabling us to focus on the light of any orbiting planets. Recent technology developments in coordination with system level design, has added much needed detail to define the technology requirements for a science mission that could launch in the 2020’s. This paper addresses the mechanical architecture, the successful efforts to date, the current state of design for the mechanical system, and upcoming technology efforts.
© (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
David Webb, David Webb, Brian Hirsch, Brian Hirsch, Case Bradford, Case Bradford, John Steeves, John Steeves, Douglas Lisman, Douglas Lisman, Stuart Shaklan, Stuart Shaklan, Vinh Bach, Vinh Bach, Mark Thomson, Mark Thomson, } "Advances in starshade technology readiness for an exoplanet characterizing science mission in the 2020's", Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 99126H (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232587; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232587
PROCEEDINGS
13 PAGES


SHARE
RELATED CONTENT

Occulter design for THEIA
Proceedings of SPIE (August 19 2009)
New Worlds Observer tolerance overview
Proceedings of SPIE (September 20 2007)

Back to Top