2.7-meter-diameter silicon carbide primary mirror for the SOFIA telescope

  title={2.7-meter-diameter silicon carbide primary mirror for the SOFIA telescope},
  author={Gury Timofeevic Petrovsky and Michael N. Tolstoy and Sergey V. Ljubarsky and Yuri P. Khimitch and Paul N. Robb},
  booktitle={Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation},
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will be a 2.5-m clear-aperture telescope mounted in an open cavity in a modified Boeing 747 SP aircraft. SOFIA represents the next generation of the NASA Ames Research Center's infrared astronomy program. The existing airborne infrared telescope, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO), is a 0.91-m-aperture telescope flown on a Lockheed C-141 aircraft. The SOFIA telescope will have approximately eight times the sensitivity and three… 
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