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Low frequency VLBI in space using GAS-Can satellites: Report on the May 1987 JPL WorkshopSummarized are the results of a workshop held at JPL on May 28 and 29, 1987, to study the feasibility of using small, very inexpensive spacecraft for a low-frequency radio interferometer array. Many technical aspects of a mission to produce high angular resolution images of the entire sky at frequencies from 2 to 20 MHz were discussed. The workshop conclusion was that such a mission was scientifically valuable and technically practical. A useful array could be based on six or more satellites no larger than those launched from Get-Away-Special canisters. The cost of each satellite could be $1-2M, and the mass less than 90 kg. Many details require further study, but as this report shows, there is good reason to proceed. No fundamental problems have been discovered involving the use of untraditional, very inexpensive spacecraft for this type of mission.
Document ID
19880005522
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Mahoney, M. J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Jones, D. L.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Kuiper, T. B. H.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Preston, R. A.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1987
Subject Category
Astrophysics
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:182362
NASA-CR-182362
JPL-PUBL-87-36
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS7-918
PROJECT: RTOP 055-10-02-00-96
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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