SOFIA - Flying the Telescope

Thu, Jul 25, 2019 - Thu, Jul 25, 2019
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Location: Forum Stage 7

Presenter: Troy Asher


This presentation discusses the results of developmental testing of The Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a 2.5 meter, optical/infrared/sub-millimeter telescope mounted in a Boeing model 747SP-21 aircraft. It will discuss analysis, envelope expansion and the first operational missions as well as describing a brief history of open cavities in flight, how NASA designed and tested SOFIA’s cavity, as well as flight test results. 

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