The Origins Space Telescope: Mission concept overview

D. Leisawitz, E. Amatucci, R. Carter, M. Dipirro, A. Flores, J. Staguhn, C. Wu, L. Allen, J. Arenberg, L. Armus, C. Battersby, J. Bauer, R. Bell, P. Beltran, D. Benford, E. Bergin, C. M. Bradford, D. Bradley, D. Burgarella, S. CareyD. Chi, A. Cooray, J. Corsetti, E. De Beck, K. Denis, L. Dewell, M. East, S. Edgington, K. Ennico, L. Fantano, G. Feller, D. Folta, J. Fortney, J. Generie, M. Gerin, Z. Granger, G. Harpole, K. Harvey, F. Helmich, L. Hilliard, J. Howard, M. Jacoby, A. Jamil, T. Kataria, S. Knight, P. Knollenberg, P. Lightsey, S. Lipscy, E. Mamajek, G. Martins, M. Meixner, G. Melnick, S. Milam, T. Mooney, S. H. Moseley, D. Narayanan, S. Neff, T. Nguyen, A. Nordt, J. Olson, D. Padgett, M. Petach, S. Petro, J. Pohner, K. Pontoppidan, A. Pope, D. Ramspacher, T. Roellig, I. Sakon, C. Sandin, K. Sandstrom, D. Scott, K. Sheth, J. Steeves, K. Stevenson, L. Stokowski, E. Stoneking, K. Su, K. Tajdaran, S. Tompkins, J. Vieira, C. Webster, M. Wiedner, E. L. Wright, J. Zmuidzinas

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The Origins Space Telescope (OST) will trace the history of our origins from the time dust and heavy elements permanently altered the cosmic landscape to present-day life. How did the universe evolve in response to its changing ingredients? How common are life-bearing planets? To accomplish its scientific objectives, OST will operate at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths and offer superlative sensitivity and new spectroscopic capabilities. The OST study team will present a scientifically compelling, executable mission concept to the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astrophysics. To understand the concept solution space, our team studied two alternative mission concepts. We report on the study approach and describe both of these concepts, give the rationale for major design decisions, and briefly describe the mission-enabling technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018
Subtitle of host publicationOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
EditorsMakenzie Lystrup, Howard A. MacEwen, Giovanni G. Fazio
ISBN (Print)9781510619494
StatePublished - 2018
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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