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Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph : technology and mission design studiesThe Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) coronagraph study involves exploring the technologies that enable a coronagraph style instrument to image and characterize earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars. Testbeds have been developed to demonstrate the emerging technologies needed for this effort and an architecture study has resulted in designs of a facility that will provide the environment needed for the technology to function in this role. A broad community of participants is involved in this work through studies, analyses, fabrication of components, and participation in the design effort. The scope of activities - both on the technology side and in the architecture study side - will be presented in this paper. The status and the future plans of the activities will be reviewed.
Document ID
20060043920
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Ford, Virginia G.
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
June 12, 2004
Subject Category
Instrumentation and Photography
Meeting Information
Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation(Glasgow, Scotland)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
space
terrestrial planet finder
coronagraph
large telescopes