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Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) - A concept for an orbiting submillimeter-infrared telescope for the 1990sThe history and background of the Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) are reviewed. The results of the June 1982 Asilomar (CA) workshop are incorporated into the LDR science objectives and telescope concept. The areas where the LDR may have the greatest scientific impact are in the study of star formation and planetary systems in the own and nearby galaxies and in cosmological studies of the structure and evolution of the early universe. The observational requirements for these and other scientific studies give rise to a set of telescope functional requirements. These, in turn, are satisfied by an LDR configuration which is a Cassegrain design with a 20 m diameter, actively controlled, segmented, primary reflector, diffraction limited at a wavelength of 30 to 50 microns. Technical challenges in the LDR development include construction of high tolerance mirror segments, surface figure measurement, figure control, vibration control, pointing, cryogenics, and coherent detectors. Project status and future plans for the LDR are discussed.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Swanson, P. N. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Gulkis, S. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Kulper, T. B. H. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
Kiya, M. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1983
Publication Information
Publication: Optical Engineering
Volume: 22
ISSN: 0091-3286
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