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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