Joint Milli-Arcsecond Pathfinder Survey (JMAPS): Overview and Application to NWO Mission
NAVAL OBSERVATORY WASHINGTON DC
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The Joint Milli-Arcsecond Pathfinder Survey JMAPS mission is a Department of Navy DoN space-based, all-all sky astrometric bright star survey, current set with a 2012 launch date. JMAPS will use a relatively modest aperture, very high accuracy astrometric telescope flown in low earth orbit aboard a microsat. Mission baseline is for a three-year mission life 2012-2015 in a 900 km sun synchonous terminator orbit. JMAPS will produce an all-sky astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic catalog covering the magnitude range of 1-12, with extended results through 15th magnitude at an accuracy of 1 milliarchsecond mas positional accuracy. Secondly, JMAPS will mature, demonstrate and fly attitued sensing instrumentation that is accurate to 5 mas.
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