6:30-8:00 pm, Tuesday, 10 January 2012

^NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program
Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology^
This evening session will review the current state-of-the-art in exoplanet technology and its possible implementation in new smaller mission concepts. A central theme in NASA’s science planning is the search for habitable worlds and life beyond our Solar System. Although Earth-like planets would not yet be detectable with current technology, starlight suppression now approaches flight readiness for missions that would image exozodiacal dust around nearby stars and characterize Jupiter-like exoplanets. Mission concepts of various scales based on coronagraph and starshades will be described along with their science objectives and technology requirements.


6:30 PM

Introduction & Session Overview

Peter Lawson (JPL/Caltech)

6:40 PM

Coronagraph Technology

Probe-class missions

Olivier Guyon (University of Arizona)

Explorer & Suborbital

Wesley Traub (JPL/Caltech)

7:10 PM

Starshade Technology

Probe-class missions

N. Jeremy Kasdin (Princeton University)

Explorer & Suborbital

Webster Cash (University of Colorado)

7:40 PM

Telescope Technology

Design Trades

Rémi Soummer
(Space Telescope Science Institute)

7:55 PM


8:00 PM