Dr. Paul A. A. Lightsey
Mission Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace
SPIE Involvement:
Fellow status | Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Author | Instructor
Publications (48)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 5, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
KEYWORDS: Diffraction, Mirrors, Imaging systems, Coronagraphy, Space telescopes, Space mirrors, Astronomical telescopes, Optical instrument design

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 5, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Astronomy, Aerospace engineering, X-rays, Exoplanets, Space telescopes, Far infrared, Astronomical telescopes, X-ray imaging, Atmospheric sciences

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 5, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Astronomy, Space telescopes, Bidirectional reflectance transmission function, Astronomical telescopes, Astronomical imaging, Stray light

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 9, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Thermography, Mid-IR, Optical components, Contamination, Aerospace engineering, Space telescopes, Infrared telescopes, Stray light, Optical instrument design, James Webb Space Telescope

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 29, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Optical components, Telescopes, Mirrors, Phase modulation, Space telescopes, Optical alignment, Neodymium, James Webb Space Telescope, Shape memory alloys

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 19, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Sun, Sensors, Space telescopes, Stray light, Toxic industrial chemicals, Electroluminescent displays, James Webb Space Telescope, Surface conduction electron emitter displays

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Conference Committee Involvement (1)
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
6 August 2017 | San Diego, California, United States
Course Instructor
SC1139: Systems Engineering and Large Telescope Observatories
Modern astronomical observatories are becoming larger and more complex with many components working together to achieve the common goal of gathering useful information for astro-scientists. Successful engineering of these observatories is enabled by following a systems engineering viewpoint of looking at the whole. This viewpoint requires a multidisciplinary breadth and the ability to find a balance among 1) the system user's needs and desires, 2) the manager's funding and schedule constraints, and 3) the capabilities and ambitions of the engineering specialists who develop and build the system. The system engineer is sometimes described as the person on the program who should know the partial derivative of every parameter of the system with respect to every other parameter. This course introduces the concepts and models that are used to evolve a system from an abstract vision to the final validated and verified operational system. Examples are given that provide insight into the variety of engineering disciplines and typical subsystems found in observatories for optical astronomy observatories (X-ray through IR).
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