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Advanced Electro-Optical System [AEOS]

    OBJECTIVE

    Develop World Class Telescope on Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii
    Largest USAF optical Space Tracking Facility

    CAPABILITIES

    Telescope

    3.67-meter thin meniscus primary mirror
    Satellite tracking (17 degees/minute)
    Replaceable secondary mirror for alternative applications
    Field of View is 1 milliradian on telescope, 300 micro radian in coude' labs

    Support Facility

    Security segregation for shared use
    16-meter pier for turbulent boundary layer control
    Pier sized to support 8-meter telescope growth capability
    Seven coude' labs
    Thermal management is key design objective:
    -Extensive insulation
    -Minimize thermal pollution
    -Collapsible dome

    Adaptive optics

    Compensated imaging in all coude' labs
    -l0 centimeter resolution for 400 kilometer satellite

    Mount Control

    Minimal manning,
    Cooperative with Maui Space Surveillance Site

    MISSION:

    Space surveillance contributing sensor --
    -Supports United States Space Command's
    -Space object Identification Statement of Need, 14-89I

    Atmospheric science -- military and environmental missions
    Astronomy -- University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy

    SCHEDULE:

    First light by calendar year 1996

    CONTRIBUTING CONTRACTORS

             
    Telescope & Mount Contraves USA
    Facility To be determined
    Adaptive optics To be determined,RFP--Dec 93
    Controls In-house effort
    Systems Engineering S Systems Corporation
    Maui Space Surveillance
    Site Integration Rockwell Power Systems
    MANAGING AGENCY

    Lasers & Imaging Directorate
    Air Force Phillips Laboratory
    Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

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