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24 July 1998 Darwin interferometer
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Darwin was proposed in 1993 to the European Space Agency as a mid-IR (5-30 micron) interferometry observatory with baselines greater than 50 meters. It would be a long-duration general purpose radiatively cooled observatory, to be launched in the 2009-2018 timeframe. Since then ESA has started a study of such a mission, called the Infrared Space Interferometer (IRSI), as one of its candidate Cornerstone missions in its Horizons 2000 plan. This paper describes some of the aspects of the Darwin concept as presently conceived by the members of the Darwin Informal Team. This team is comprised of the original proposal authors and a number of additional persons.
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Alan J. Penny, Alain M. Leger, Jean-Marie Mariotti, Cornelius Schalinski, C. Eiroa, Robin J. Laurance, and C. V. Malcolm Fridlund "Darwin interferometer", Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998);


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