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NASA green lights self-assembling space telescope

A modular space telescope, nearly 100 feet across

Sure, it sounds kind of far out: a modular space telescope, nearly 100 feet across, composed of individual units launched as ancillary payloads on space missions over a period of months and years, units that will navigate autonomously to a pre-determined point in space and self-assemble.

But “far out” is exactly what CSI member Dmitry Savransky ’04, M.Eng. ’05, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and 15 other scientists from across the U.S. have been asked to give NASA for Phase I of its 2018 NIAC (NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts) program. Read full Cornell Chronicle story here

Dmitry Savransky, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng.