The Australian space eye: Studying the history of galaxy formation with a CubeSat

Anthony Horton*, Lee Spitler, Naomi Mathers, Michael Petkovic, Douglas Griffin, Simon Barraclough, Craig Benson, Igor Dimitrijevic, Andrew Lambert, Anthony Previte, John Bowen, Solomon Westerman, Jordi Puig-Suari, Sam Reisenfeld, Jon Lawrence, Ross Zhelem, Matthew Colless, Russell Boyce

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    Abstract

    The Australian Space Eye is a proposed astronomical telescope based on a 6U CubeSat platform. The Space Eye will exploit the low level of systematic errors achievable with a small space based telescope to enable high accuracy measurements of the optical extragalactic background light and low surface brightness emission around nearby galaxies. This project is also a demonstrator for several technologies with general applicability to astronomical observations from nanosatellites. Space Eye is based around a 90 mm aperture clear aperture all refractive telescope for broadband wide field imaging in the i' and z' bands.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
    EditorsHoward A. MacEwen, Giovanni G. Fazio, Makenzie Lystrup
    Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
    PublisherSPIE
    Pages1-20
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9781510601888
    ISBN (Print)9781510601871
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 26 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE
    PublisherSPIE
    Volume9904
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X
    ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

    Other

    OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityEdinburgh
    Period26/06/161/07/16

    Keywords

    • CubeSat
    • Extragalactic background
    • Low surface brightness
    • Nanosatellite
    • Space telescope

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