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Hudson, F.J. ; IBM Federal Systems Division, 150 Spurkman Drive NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35805, USA

The Large Space Telescope, which is scheduled to be put into orbit above the Earth's atmosphere by NASA in the early 1980s, is a large, multipurpose optical instrument that is being designed to provide an increase in observational capability of nearly 100×. with respect to brightness, 10× in resolving power, and a substantial bandwidth improvement over ground-based facilities. This paper describes, from a functional performance viewpoint, the LST system and, in greater detail, the on-board Data Management and Pointing Control Systems.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 1 )