25 April 2013 Modular assembled space telescope
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Abstract
We present a new approach to building a modular segmented space telescope that greatly leverages the heritage of the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. The modular design in which mirror segments are assembled into identical panels allows for economies of scale and for efficient space assembly that make a 20-m aperture approach cost effective. This assembly approach can leverage NASA’s future capabilities and has the power to excite the public’s imagination. We discuss the science drivers, basic architecture, technology, and leveraged NASA infrastructure, concluding with a proposed plan for going forward.
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Lee D. Feinberg, Jason G. Budinoff, Howard A. MacEwen, Gary W. Matthews, Marc Postman, "Modular assembled space telescope," Optical Engineering 52(9), 091802 (25 April 2013). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.52.9.091802 . Submission:
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