Preliminary Investigation of a Lunar 16 Meter Optical Telescope

by Walter H. Gerstle, Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,
N. N. V. Prasad, Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,
Kirk Cessac, Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,
Thomas Kratochvil, Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III

Abstract: The results of a year-long effort to develop a design concept for the structure of a 16 meter lunar optical telescope are presented. Various mounting configurations and mirror configurations are considered. Triangular mirror segments and a braced tripod mount are investigated. The dynamic behavior of the telescope is studied. An estimate of the mass of the proposed telescope structure is reported.

Subject Headings: Telescopes | Moon | Conceptual design | Bracing | Mathematics | Mathematical models | Structural models | Space structures

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