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Researchers from National Research Council of Canada Report on Findings in Aerospace Research

June 18, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week -- Investigators discuss new findings in Aerospace Research. According to news reporting originating in Victoria, Canada, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "I give a brief history of UV space telescopes, paying particularly attention to imaging facilities that operate at UV wavelengths. I examine a number of science drivers for space imaging at UV and blue-optical wavelengths (less than or similar to 0.5 mu m) for the coming decade, and discuss some possible synergies with future optical-IR imaging facilities, such as LSST and Euclid."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the National Research Council of Canada, "While the present 'Golden Age' of UV astronomy may be drawing to a close, an important new imaging facility the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) onboard Astrosat should begin operations in 2014. This instrument will provide astronomers with a wide-field (Omega similar to 0.2 deg(2)) UV imaging capability at an angular resolution (FWHM similar to 1.5 ''-1.8 '') that approaches those of ground-based optical telescopes."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "I also describe a proposed wide-field UV/blue-optical imaging telescope (CASTOR) that would provide HST-quality images over a similar to 0.7 deg(2) field in three broad filters covering the range 150-550 nm."

For more information on this research see: Wide-field UV imaging: Current capabilities and performance requirements for future missions. Advances in Space Research, 2014;53(6):982-989. Advances in Space Research can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier -; Advances in Space Research -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting P. Cote, Natl Res Council Canada, Victoria, BC V9E 2E7, Canada.

Keywords for this news article include: Canada, Victoria, British Columbia, Aerospace Research, North and Central America

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