Lee D. Feinberg,Jason G. Budinoff NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States) Howard A. MacEwen Reviresco LLC (United States) Gary W. Matthews Exelis Visual Information Solutions (United States) Marc Postman Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
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.