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Terrestrial Planet Finder: Technology Development PlansOne of humanity's oldest questions is whether life exists elsewhere in the universe. The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) mission will survey stars in our stellar neighborhood to search for planets and perform spectroscopic measurements to identify potential biomarkers in their atmospheres. In response to the recently published President's Plan for Space Exploration, TPF has plans to launch a visible-light coronagraph in 2014, and a separated-spacecraft infrared interferometer in 2016. Substantial funding has been committed to the development of the key technologies that are required to meet these goals for launch in the next decade. Efforts underway through industry and university contracts and at JPL include a number of system and subsystem testbeds, as well as components and numerical modeling capabilities. The science, technology, and design efforts are closely coupled to ensure that requirements and capabilities will be consistent and meet the science goals.
Document ID
20080017929
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Lindensmith, Chris (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
June 21, 2004
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
SPIE Astronomical Telescopes Conference(Glasgow, Scotland)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
interferometer
coronagraph
planet detection