Dr. Paul A. Lightsey
Mission Systems Engineer
SPIE Involvement:
Author | Instructor
Publications (56)

Proceedings Article | 9 September 2019 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11115, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Astronomy, Stars, Sensors, Exoplanets, Space telescopes, Planets, Galactic astronomy, James Webb Space Telescope

Proceedings Article | 24 July 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Astronomy, Aerospace engineering, Sensors, Spectroscopy, Space telescopes, Astrophysics, Cryocoolers, James Webb Space Telescope

Proceedings Article | 10 July 2018 Presentation
Proc. SPIE. 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Space telescopes, Optical instrument design, James Webb Space Telescope

Proceedings Article | 6 July 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Polishing, Space telescopes, Large telescopes, Beryllium, James Webb Space Telescope, Thermal modeling, Cryogenics

Proceedings Article | 6 July 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Telescopes, Mirrors, Adaptive optics, Photogrammetry, Monte Carlo methods, Space telescopes, Optical alignment, James Webb Space Telescope, Cryogenics

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Conference Committee Involvement (3)
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts X
1 August 2021 | San Diego, California, United States
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX
11 August 2019 | San Diego, California, United States
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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