Optical Analysis of a Membrane Photon Sieve Space Telescope
United States Air Force Academy Air Force Academy United States
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This paper focuses on recent progress in designing FalconSAT-7, a 3U CubeSat solar telescope designed to image the Sun from low Earth orbit. The telescope system includes a deployable structure that supports a membrane photon sieve under tension as well as secondary optics. To satisfy mission requirements to demonstrate diffraction limited imaging capability of this collapse, f2 diffractive primary we have completed studying a number of effects on membrane material that can affect system imaging quality.