Small observatories for the UV

Noah Brosch*, Vladimir Balabanov, Ehud Behar

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We describe concepts for small space telescopes that are able to provide significant UV science and can be realized with small (but realistic) budgets. The concepts are based on nano-satellites carrying small optics, with no redundancy, without producing intermediate models prior to flight model, and using COTS (custom off-the-shelf) components. We describe a few concepts of deployable optics that could provide large collecting areas and high angular resolution while packaged in the small volume of a nano-satellite. We point out areas where technological development is still required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-209
Number of pages5
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 23 Oct 2014


  • Cubesat
  • Nano-satellite
  • Space astronomy
  • Ultraviolet


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