Accession Number:

ADA550682

Title:

FalconSAT-7: A Photon Sieve Solar Telescope

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Report Date:

2011-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Optics
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE