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required technologies for a 10-16 m uv-visible-ir telescope on the moonA successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, incorporating a 10 to 16 meter mirror, and operating in the UV-Visible-IR is being considered for emplacement on the Moon in the 21st Century. To take advantage of the characteristics of the lunar environment, such a telescope requires appropriate advances in technology. These technologies are in the areas of contamination/interference control, test and evaluation, manufacturing, construction, autonomous operations and maintenance, power and heating/cooling, stable precision structures, optics, parabolic antennas, and communications/control. This telescope for the lunar surface needs to be engineered to operate for long periods with minimal intervention by humans or robots. What is essential for lunar observatory operation is enforcement of a systems engineering approach that makes compatible all lunar operations associated with habitation, resource development, and science.
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Conference Paper
Johnson, Stewart W.
(BDM International, Inc. Albuquerque, NM United States)
Wetzel, John P.
(BDM International, Inc. Albuquerque, NM United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1989
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Publication: The Next Generation Space Telescope
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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