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The New Worlds Observer: the astrophysics strategic mission concept study

[+] Author Affiliations
Webster Cash, John Bally, Julia DeMarines, James Green, Phillip Oakley, Ann Shipley

Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (USA)

Stephen Kendrick, Charley Noecker

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (USA)

Scott Benson, Steve Oleson

NASA Glenn Research Ctr. (USA)

David Content, Dave Folta, Sharon Garrison, Keith Gendreau, Kate Hartman, Joseph Howard, Tupper Hyde, Darryl Lakins, Jesse Leitner, Douglas Leviton, Rich Luquette, Bill Oegerley, Karen Richon, Aki Roberge, Steve Tompkins, June Tveekrem, Bruce Woodgate

NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (USA)

Margaret Turnbull

Space Telescope Science Institute (USA)

Dean Dailey, Kent Decker, Reza Dehmohseni, Brian Gaugh, Tiffany Glassman, Mickey Haney, Reem Hejal, Charles Lillie, Amy Lo, Gina Oleas, Ronald Polidan, Rocco Samuele, Stephen Shields, James Shirvanian, David SooHoo

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (USA)

David O'Conner

Northrop Gurmman Aerospace Systems (USA)

Giovanna Tinetti

Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

Bryan Dorland, Rachel Dudik, Ralph Gaume, Brian Mason

U.S. Naval Observatory (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7436, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV, 743606 (August 26, 2009); doi:10.1117/12.827486
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  • UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV
  • Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge
  • San Diego, CA | August 02, 2009

abstract

We present the results of the Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Study for the New Worlds Observer (NWO). We show that the use of starshades is the most effective and affordable path to mapping and understanding our neighboring planetary systems, to opening the search for life outside our solar system, while serving the needs of the greater astronomy community. A starshade-based mission can be implemented immediately with a near term program of technology demonstration.

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Citation

Webster Cash ; Stephen Kendrick ; Charley Noecker ; John Bally ; Julia DeMarines, et al.
"The New Worlds Observer: the astrophysics strategic mission concept study", Proc. SPIE 7436, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV, 743606 (August 26, 2009); doi:10.1117/12.827486; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.827486


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