Design considerations for a small ultraviolet-visible space telescope for amateur and professional use
Platt, Donald W.
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Presented is a preliminary design for a small ultraviolet- visible (uv-vis) sensitive space telescope. Included will be optical, sensor, and spacecraft subsystem design considerations. With recent advances in charge coupled device (CCD) technology it is now possible to build a space telescope system with wavelength sensitivity from 200 to 1000 nm. A main objective of this design is to keep costs to a minimum and use commercial off the shelf (COTS) components wherever possible. Such a low-cost system could provide a platform for studying such untested techniques as small space-based optical interferometry. The observatory could be open to a guest observer program with proposal for observing time accepted from anyone with a scientifically useful plan. Amateurs and professional astronomers alike. The World Wide Web (WWW) could be used to provide data and images to registered subscribers. ©2004 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.