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SPICA Telescope Assessment Study - Executive Summary (Thales Alenia Space)

SPICA Telescope Assessment Study - Executive Summary (Thales Alenia Space)

Publication date: 01 August 2009

Page: 1-11
Year: 2009

Copyright: Thales Alenia Space

Reference: SPI-TAS-RP-100358212M

In the frame of ESA Cosmic Vision assessment study, Thales propose a 3.5m diameter Ritchey-Chretien telescope in HB-Cesic ceramics. The evaluation of its performances demonstrate that the proposed design perfectly fulfils the mission requirements. The objective of this paper is to provide to the reader an overview of the telescope design and performances of the HB-Cesic SPICA Telescope. The development plan is also addressed. It has been established to minimize risks and schedule. The last point is a sensitivity analysis to pupil diameter reduction: an interesting way to further reduce development schedule.

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