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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Space-based high-resolution imaging has historically require large mirrors which result in high payload masses making the systems very expensive (e.g., the James Webb Space Telescope with its 6.5m segmented primary mirror will end up costing more than $10B). Various alternatives have been proposed: e.g., a 30m annular mirror mission1, small-satellite swarms using annular coded phase reflectors2, a piezoelectric actuated adaptive-optics membrane using formation flying nano-satellites3, etc.
The goal of this research is to determine the pros and cons of various designs and to converge on a design for a low-mass, high-resolution space-based observatory using novel optics. In addition to being lightweight, other desirable attributes of the design include thermal stability, low-cost and rapid-fabrication4.
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
Low mass high resolution mirrors would result is significant cost savings and would result in greater GEOINT assurance since replacements would be cheap and could be fielded more quickly.
Key Words: Optics, Mirrors, Space