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16.89/ESD.352 Space Systems Engineering
Lunar Telescope Project
Spring 2007
Assignment 2
In this assignment you will map out the key relationships between angular resolution,
signal to noise ratio and system cost for a telescope with a circular monolithic aperture at
three wavelengths: radio frequency, infrared and visual. The purpose of this exercise is
for you to obtain a better understanding the relationships between key aspects of the
problem such as imaging performance in terms of isolation and sensitivity, system mass,
system cost and location.
Out: Friday, February 16, 2007
Due: Friday, February 23, 2007
You can solve this assignment in teams of two. When uploading your answer, upload a
Word or Latex file with your report and a zip file with all your calculations. You may
choose whatever tool suits you best (Matlab, Excel, Mathematica …).
Nomenclature
θ
angular resolution, rad
D
circular aperture diameter, m
C
D
cost of an aperture of diameter
D
, $
m
D
mass of an aperture of diameter D
C
T
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 Telescope, angular resolution, Fnumber, radio telescope, Lunar Telescope Project

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