Unique Approaches to BMDO/ISTEF Optical Systems Design
NICHOLS RESEARCH CORP SHALIMAR FL
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Recently, two 12.5-inch diameter aperture Small Transportable ISTEF Pedestal System STRIPS telescopes were designed using all-reflective optics in order to provide four optical bands ranging from 0.3-microns to 15.0-microns on a single instrument mount. Each telescope provides three focal panesfocal lengths for a maximum 1-inch diameter circular image plane. As the name implies, these telescopes are easily transportable by air, land and sea, and capable of being installed in a temporary and primitive field site within a short period of time...without having to spend hours in optical alignment. This paper describes in detail the individual steps taken to design, fabricate and assemble two complete telescopes, and six secondary system modules in less than six months and within a total budget of under 150K. The methodology employed serves as a highly cost-effective model for future optical range instrumentation.
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