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1 June 1994 First observations with the Starfire Optical Range 3.5-meter telescope
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This paper summarizes the design and initial operation of the Starfire Optical Range 3.5-meter telescope. This facility is the centerpiece of the U.S. Air Force's strategic optical research program for high resolution imaging and laser beam propagation. Areas of research include high resolution imaging of low earth orbit satellites, laser power beaming to satellites, and deep space laser communications. The telescope and mount form the world's largest optical telescope capable of tracking low earth orbit satellites. A major emphasis in the research programs at the SOR is the development of adaptive optics, especially laser beacon adaptive optics, for large aperture telescopes.
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Robert Q. Fugate, Brent L. Ellerbroek, Eric J. Stewart, D'nardo Colucci, Raymond E. Ruane, James M. Spinhirne, Richard A. Cleis, and Robert Eager "First observations with the Starfire Optical Range 3.5-meter telescope", Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994);


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