Advanced Technology for a Lunar Astronomical Observatory

by Stewart W. Johnson, BDM Corp, United States,
John P. Wetzel, BDM Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


Significant new technologies are required for three proposed telescopes to be operated on the Moon. These technologies are in the areas of contamination/interference control, test and evaluation, manufacturing, construction, autonomous operations and maintenance, power and heating/cooling, stable precision structures, optics, parabolic antennas, and communications/control. Telescopes for the lunar surface need to be engineered to operate for long periods with minimal intervention by humans or robots.

Subject Headings: Moon | Telescopes | Structural control | Manufacturing | Maintenance | Paraboloid | Robotics | Construction management

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