16 - 21 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan
Conference 13093 > Paper 13093-27
Paper 13093-27

The SmallSat Technology Accelerated Maturation Platform-1 (STAMP-1): a proposal to advance ultraviolet science, workforce, and technology for the Habitable Worlds Observatory

17 June 2024 • 13:20 - 13:40 Japan Standard Time | Room G414/415, North - 4F

Abstract

Many of the key technologies in the development queue for the Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO) require the combined activities of 1) facility and process development for validation of technologies at the scale required for HWO and 2) deployment in the ‘real world’ environment of mission Integration & Test followed by on-orbit operations. We present a concept for the Smallsat Technology Accelerated Maturation Platform (STAMP), a parallel and closely-linked facility, laboratory, and instrument prototype development program that can be applied to any of NASA’s Future Great Observatories. We present the recommendation for the first entrant into this program, “STAMP-1”, a smallsat mission advancing key technologies that would enable the ultraviolet capabilities of HWO. Advanced broadband optical coatings, high-sensitivity ultraviolet detector systems, and multi-object selection technology would all be brought to TRL 6 and flight demonstrated through this program. STAMP-1 advances HWO technology on an accelerated timescale, reducing cost and schedule risk, and conducting a compelling program of preparatory science and workforce development for HWO.

Presenter

Kevin C. France
Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
Kevin France is professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado. Dr. France’s research focuses on exoplanets and their host stars, protoplanetary disks, and the development of instrumentation for ultraviolet astrophysics. He is the Principal Investigator of the ESCAPE Small Explorer mission concept, the CUTE small satellite mission, and a NASA-supported sounding rocket to study exoplanet atmospheres and flight-test critical path hardware for future UV/optical astrophysics missions. He is a regular guest observer with the Hubble Space Telescope and serves on numerous science and technical advisory groups for NASA. He was a member of the HST-COS instrument and science teams, the study PI for the LUVOIR ultraviolet spectrograph, and is a member of the HWO START. Dr. France received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 2006 and was awarded NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Fellowship in 2013.
Presenter/Author
Kevin C. France
Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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Jason Tumlinson
Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
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Brian T. Fleming
Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
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Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
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Univ. of Washington (United States)
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Allison Youngblood
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)