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Towards Other Planetary Systems (TOPS): A technology needs identification workshopThe workshop identified a strong commonality between the technology needs for NASA's TOPS program and the technology needs that were identified for NASA's astrophysics program through its Astrotech 21 survey. The workshop encourages NASA to have the Solar System Exploration and Astrophysics Div. work cooperatively to share in technology studies that are common to both programs, rather than to conduct independent studies. It was also clear, however, that there are technology needs specific to TOPS, and these should be pursued by the Solar System Exploration Div. There are two technology areas that appear to be particularly critical to realizing the ultimate performance that is being sought under the TOPS program, these areas are metrology and optics. The former is critical in calibration and verification of instrument performance, while the latter is needed to provide optical systems of sufficient quality to conduct a search for and characterization of other planetary systems at the more extreme levels of performance identified in TOPS program.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Black, David C.
(Lunar and Planetary Inst. Houston, TX, United States)
Nishioka, Kenji
(Lunar and Planetary Inst. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:190177
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Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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