Overview of the Origins Space telescope: Science drivers to observatory requirements
Paper in proceedings, 2018

The Origins Space Telescope (OST) mission concept study is the subject of one of the four science and technology definition studies supported by NASA Headquarters to prepare for the 2020 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey. OST will survey the most distant galaxies to discern the rise of metals and dust and to unveil the co-evolution of galaxy and blackhole formation, study the Milky Way to follow the path of water from the interstellar medium to habitable worlds in planetary systems, and measure biosignatures from exoplanets. This paper describes the science drivers and how they drove key requirements for OST Mission Concept 2, which will operate between ∼5 and ∼600 microns with a JWST sized telescope. Mission Concept 2 for the OST study optimizes the engineering for the key science cases into a powerful and more economical observatory compared to Mission Concept 1.

Author

Margaret Meixner

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Johns Hopkins University

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Lee Armus

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

C. Battersby

University of Connecticut

James Bauer

University of Maryland

E. A. Bergin

University of Michigan

A. Cooray

University of California at Irvine (UCI)

Jonathan J. Fortney

University of California

Tiffany Kataria

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

David Leisawitz

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

S. Milam

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Klaus Pontoppidan

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Alexandra Pope

University of Massachusetts

Karin Sandstrom

University of California

Johannes Staguhn

Johns Hopkins University

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Kevin B. Stevenson

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

K. Y. L. Su

University of Arizona

C. Matt Bradford

University of Massachusetts

Dominic Benford

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Denis Burgarella

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille

Sean Carey

Johns Hopkins University

R. Carter

University of California

Elvire De Beck

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Astronomy and Plasmaphysics, Galactic Astrophysics

M. Dipirro

University of California

Kimberly Ennico-Smith

NASA Ames Research Center

M. Gerin

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

F. Helmich

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

L. Kaltenegger

University of Florida

Eric E. Mamajek

University of California at Irvine (UCI)

G. J. Melnick

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Samuel Harvey Moseley

Cornell University

D. Narayanan

University of Tokyo

Susan G. Neff

University of California

Deborah Padgett

University of California at Irvine (UCI)

Thomas Roellig

NASA Ames Research Center

Itsuki Sakon

University of Florida

Douglas Scott

University of British Columbia (UBC)

K. Sheth

University of Arizona

Joaquin Vieira

University of Illinois

M.C. Wiedner

NASA Ames Research Center

Edward Wright

University of California

Jonas Zmuidzinas

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

0277786X (ISSN) 1996756X (eISSN)

Vol. 10698 106980N

Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Austin, USA,

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Aerospace Engineering

Philosophy

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DOI

10.1117/12.2312255

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