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FUTURE SPACE INFRARED TELESCOPE MISSION, SPICA

  • MATSUMOTO TOSHIO (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
  • Published : 2005.06.01

Abstract

SPICA (Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) is an infrared astronomical satellite with a 3.5 m cooled telescope which is very powerful in mid- and far- infrared observations and makes complementary role to JWST and Herschel. SPICA will be launched at ambient temperature without any cryogen into the Sun-Earth L2 orbit and cooled down in space to 4.5 K with use of efficient radiative cooling and mechanical coolers. The present status of SPICA and the developments of the satellite system are reported.

Keywords

infrared;space telescope

References

  1. Pilbratt, G. T. 2004, SPIE 5487, in press
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