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Advanced Electro-Optical System [AEOS]


Develop World Class Telescope on Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii
Largest USAF optical Space Tracking Facility



3.67-meter thin meniscus primary mirror
Satellite tracking (17 degees/minute)
Replaceable secondary mirror for alternative applications
Field of View is 1 milliradian on telescope, 300 micro radian in coude' labs

Support Facility

Security segregation for shared use
16-meter pier for turbulent boundary layer control
Pier sized to support 8-meter telescope growth capability
Seven coude' labs
Thermal management is key design objective:
-Extensive insulation
-Minimize thermal pollution
-Collapsible dome

Adaptive optics

Compensated imaging in all coude' labs
-l0 centimeter resolution for 400 kilometer satellite

Mount Control

Minimal manning,
Cooperative with Maui Space Surveillance Site


Space surveillance contributing sensor --
-Supports United States Space Command's
-Space object Identification Statement of Need, 14-89I

Atmospheric science -- military and environmental missions
Astronomy -- University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy


First light by calendar year 1996


Telescope & Mount Contraves USA
Facility To be determined
Adaptive optics To be determined,RFP--Dec 93
Controls In-house effort
Systems Engineering S Systems Corporation
Maui Space Surveillance
Site Integration Rockwell Power Systems

Lasers & Imaging Directorate
Air Force Phillips Laboratory
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico


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Implemented by Charles P. Vick, Sara D. Berman, and
Christina Lindborg, 1997 Scoville Fellow
Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Sunday, April 20, 1997