FalconSAT-7: A Photon Sieve Solar Telescope
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO
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In the event of a sudden loss of space-based surveillance assets, a limited, rapidly deployed replacement system is desirable until more capable satellites can be built and launched. Cadets and staff at the USAF Academy are currently building FalconSat-7, a 0.2m diameter solar observatory to be deployed from a 3U Colony II CubeSat 10x10x30cm. While not optimized for ground observation, such a telescope would have a 1.8m resolution at an orbital altitude of 450km.
- Unmanned Spacecraft