Bibliography of Papers and Reports


Mukherjee, R et al. "The Future of Space Astronomy will be Built: Results from the In-Space Astronomical Telescope (iSAT) Assembly Design Study." 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Washington D.C., United States, 21-25 October 2019.


Thronson, H et al. "Future Capabilities in Servicing and Assembly: Opportunities for Future Major Astrophysics Missions." AIAA Space, Orlando FL, 2018.

What Robotics in Space Can Enable: 2025-2035, Goddard Symposium Panel, Greenbelt MD, March 15, 2018.

"On-Orbit Assembly of Space Assets: A Path to Affordable and Adaptable Space Infrastructure" Dr. Danielle Piskorz and Dr. Karen L. Jones, The Aerospace Corporation.


Boyd, I., R. Buenconsejo, D. Piskorz, B. Lal, K. Crane, E. De La Rosa Blanco "On-Orbit Manufacturing and Assembly of Spacecraft" Institute for Defense Analyses Paper P-8335.

Elmegreen, D., E. van Dishoeck, D. Spergel, R. Davies. "Report of the Kavli IAU Workshop on Global Coordination: Future Space-Based Ultraviolet-Optical-Infrared Telescopes" July 17-19, 2017, Leiden.

Sharon A. Jefferies, Dale C. Arney, Christopher A. Jones, Frederic Stillwagen, Patrick Chai, Craig D. Hutchinson, Matthew Stafford, Robert Moses, James A. Dempsey, Erica Rodgers, Henry Kwan, and Sean Downs. "In-space Assembly Capability Assessment for Potential Human Exploration and Science Applications", AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA SPACE Forum, (AIAA 2017-5359)

Charles F. Lillie, Howard A. MacEwen, Ronald S. Polidan, James B. Breckinridge, "A 4-m evolvable space telescope configured for NASA's HabEx Mission: the initial stage of LUVOIR," Proc. SPIE 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII, 103980R (5 September 2017);

Thronson, H., B. Peterson, M. Greenhouse, H. MacEwen, R. Mukherjee, R. Polidan, B. Reed, N. Siegler, H. Smith "Human space flight and future major space astrophysics missions: servicing and assembly" SPIE Proceedings Volume 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII; 1039810 (2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274389


Breckinridge, J., and C. Lillie "Prime focus architectures for large space telescopes: reduce surfaces to save cost", Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99044K (1 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232144;

Dorsey, J. T., and J. Watson "Space Assembly of Large Structural System Architectures (SALSSA)" AIAA SPACE Forum 2016, DOI: 10.2514/6.2016-5481

Lee et al "Architecture for in-space robotic assembly of a modular space telescope" JATIS 2(4), 041207, DOI: 10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041207.

Ronald S. Polidan, James B. Breckinridge, Charles F. Lillie, Howard A. MacEwen, Martin R. Flannery, Dean R. Dailey, "Innovative telescope architectures for future large space observatories," J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 2(4) 041211 (17 August 2016)


Ronald S. Polidan, James B. Breckinridge, Charles F. Lillie, Howard A. MacEwen, Martin R. Flannery, Dean R. Dailey, Brian Baldauf, David Makowski, Gerald L. Rafanelli, "An evolvable space telescope for future astronomical missions 2015 update," Proc. SPIE 9602, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII, 960207 (22 September 2015);


Hogstrom, K., P. Backes, J. Burdick, B. Kennedy, J. Kim, N. Lee, G. Malakhova, R. Mukherjee, S. Pellegrino, Y-H Wu "A robotically assembled 100-meter space telescope" 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto CA

Ronald S. Polidan, James B. Breckinridge, Charles F. Lillie, Howard A. MacEwen, Martin R. Flannery, Dean R Dailey, "An evolvable space telescope for future astronomical missions," Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 914319 (2 August 2014).


R. J. Ivison, F. Helmich,M. Sauvage. "Sub-arcsecond far-infrared space observatory: a science imperative" Whitepaper Submitted in response to the European Space Agency's call for Science Whitepapers for the L2 and L3 L-class missions.

Feinberg, L., J. Budinoff, H. MacEwen, G. Matthews, M. Postman "Modular assembled space telescope" Optical Engineering 52(9), 091802 (25 April 2013).

Thronson, H, and D. Lester "Future In-space Operations (FISO): a working group and community engagement." The Space Review (2013).

Prof. David Miller, Prof. Alessandro Golkar, Prof. Kerri Cahoy, Dr. Rebecca Masterson, Gwendolyn Gettliffe. Giuseppe Cataldo, Mark Chodas, Pratik Davé, Atray Dixit, Sherrie Hall, Robert Harris, Dustin Hayhurst, Fernando Hicks, Chris Jewison, Ioana Josan-Drinceanu, Brandon Karlow, Bryan McCarthy, Andrew Owens, Eric Peters, Margaret Shaw, David Sternberg, Kathleen Voelbel, Marcus Wu. "Tradespace Investigation of a Telescope Architecture for Next-generation Space Astronomy and Exploration" Final report from a graduate design class in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Ambrose, R., B. Wilcox, B. Reed, L. Matthies, D. Lavery, D. Korsmeyer "Robotics, Tele-Robotics, and Autonomous Systems Roadmap" NASA

Raftery M and A. Derechin ."EXPLORATION PLATFORM IN THE EARTH-MOON LIBRATION SYSTEM BASED ON ISS" Proc. 63rd International Astronautical Congress, Naples, IT.


Thronson, H (ed.) "WORKSHOP ON CAPABILITIES FOR HUMAN HABITATION AND OPERATIONS IN CIS-LUNAR SPACE: WHAT’S NECESSARY NOW? Workshop Goals, Findings, and Summary Considerations" Sept 21-23, 2011, Galveston TX.

Thronson, H., D. Lester, and T. Talay "Human operations beyond LEO by the end of the decade: An affordable near-term stepping stone" Space Review, Jan 10, 2011.


Reed, B., J. Townsend, H. Thronson, M. Ahmed, A. Whipple, W. Oegerle "Early results from NASA's assessment of satellite servicing", Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 773103 (4 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857406;

Thronson, H. A., D. Lester, R. Moe, G. Sulivan "Review of US Concepts for Post-ISS Space Habitation Facilities and Future Opportunities" AIAA Space 2010 Manuscript 818583

Thronson, H. "A Short History of On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Studies"

"On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Study Project Report" NASA GSFC


Thronson, H., D. Lester, A. Dissel, D. Folta, J. Stevens, J. Budinoff "Using NASA's constellation architecture to achieve major science goals in free space" 59th International Astronautical Congress.


Gralla, E. and O. De Weck, "Strategies for On-Orbit Assembly of Modular Spacecraft" JBIS, Vol. 60, pp. 219-227, 2007.

Lee Peterson and Gregory Agnes. "How the Mass of Large Gossamer Optical Telescopes Scales with Size and Disturbance Environment", 48th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials and Co-located Conferences,


Ed Friedman, Rud Moe, Paul Graf, Jim Oschmann, "Results of the NASA Loya Jirga II: large space telescopes and infrastructure support," Proc. SPIE 5899, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts II, 589905 (18 August 2005);

Mark S. Lake, Lee D. Peterson, and Martin M. Mikulas. "Space Structures on the Back of an Envelope: John Hedgepeth's Design Approach", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 43, No. 6 (2006), pp. 1174-1183.

Lillie, C. "On-Orbit Assembly and Servicing for Future Space Observatories" AIAA 2006.

Dennis Ebbets, James DeCino, James Green, "Architecture concept for a 10m UV-optical space telescope", Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62651S (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670466;

Tatsch, A. N. Fitz-Coy, S. Gladun "On-orbit Servicing: A Brief Study"

Lillie, C."On-orbit assembly and servicing of future space observatories", Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62652D (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672528;


Moe, R "Future Architecture for Servicing and Assembly of Large Telescopes in Space" Society of Logistics Engineers August 17, 2005

Thronson, H. for the SHRD team "Assessment of In-Space Operations with Large Space Telescopes within a Lunar Architecture - Status" 3/9/2005

Lester, D. et al; “Strategies for servicing the Single Aperture Far IR (SAFIR)Telescope”, Proc. SPIE 5899, 58990K-1 – 58990K-12 (2005).

Stevens, J. and D. King "Leveraging exploration capabilites for space-based astronomical observatories", Proc. SPIE 5899, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts II, 58990F (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.624233;

S. K. Stephens and H. J. Willenberg, "Metrics for in-space telescope assembly techniques," 2003 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings (Cat. No.03TH8652), 2003, pp. 8_3967-8_3977. 10.1109/AERO.2003.1235581


Akin, D. and M. Bowden "EVA, Robotic, and Cooperative Assembly of Large Space Structures" IEEE Trans.

Geffre, J. "Conceptual Design of a Lunar L1 Gateway Outpost" 53rd International Astronautical Congress 10-19 Oct, Houston, TX.

Saleh,J, E. Lamassoure, and D. Hastings "Space Systems Flexibility Provided by On-Orbit Servicing: Part 1" Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 39 (4).

Mark S. Lake, Lee D. Peterson, and Marie B. Levine. "Rationale for Defining Structural Requirements for Large Space Telescopes", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 39, No. 5 (2002), pp. 674-681.

Lamassoure, E., J. Saleh, and D. Hastings "Space Systems Flexibility Provided by On-Orbit Servicing: Part 2" Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 39 (4).

Meinel, Aden B, and Marjorie P. Meinel, "Large membrane space optics: imagery and aberrations of diffractive and holographic achromatized optical elements of high diffraction order," Opt. Eng. 41(8) (1 August 2002)

Muller, R. M. "Assembly and servicing of a large telescope at the International Space Station," Proceedings, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2002, pp. 7-3611-7-3619 vol.7. 10.1109/AERO.2002.1035337

Watson, J., T. Collins, H. Bush "A History of Astronaut Construction of Large Space Structures at NASA Langley Research Center"

Willenberg, H., S. Potter, J. Renfro, M.Fruhwirth, "Technology Status and Planners' Guide for In-Space Servicing Final Report"

"Orbital Aggregation and Space Infrastructure Systems (OASIS): Preliminary Architecture and Operations Analayis", Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts (RASC) at NASA Langley Research Center


Geffre, J. "Lunar L1 Gateway Conceptual Design Report" Advanced Development Office, Johnson Space Center, Report EX15-01-001

M. S. Lake, "Launching a 25-meter space telescope. Are astronauts a key to the next technically logical step after NGST?," 2001 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings (Cat. No.01TH8542), Big Sky, MT, 2001, pp. 7-3611 vol.7. DOI: 10.1109/AERO.2001.931444

Willenberg, H., M. Fruhwirth, S. Potter "Site Selection and Deployment Scenarios for Servicing of Deep-Space Observatories" IEEE


Muller, R. "Robotic Assembly of a 20-Meter Space Telescope, with Extension to 40-Meter Space Telescopes" QSS Group, Inc report.


Muller, R. and D. Naik "Robotic Assembly Concept for the Next-Generation Space Telescope" Final Report


Walter L. Heard and Mark S. Lake. "Neutral buoyancy evaluation of extravehicular activity assembly of a large precision reflector", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 31, No. 4 (1994), pp. 569-577.


Mendell, W., S. Hoffman "Strategic Considerations for Cislunar Space Infrastructure" 44th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation.


Aden B. Meinel, Marjorie P. Meinel, "Two-stage optics: high-acuity performance from low-acuity optical systems," Opt. Eng. 31(11) (1 November 1992)


"On-Orbit Servicing Experience: A Compliation of Lessons Learned" Advanced Program Development Division Ofice of Space Flight, Rud Moe, Greg Guthrie, ed. (June 1990)


R. Pittman, C. Leidich, F. Mascy, B. Swenson, "A Modular Approach To Developing A Large Deployable Reflector," Proc. SPIE 0430, Infrared Technology IX, (19 January 1984);


P. N. Swanson, J. B. Breckinridge, S. Gulkis, T. B. H. Kuiper, M. Kiya, "Plans For A Large Deployable Reflector For Submillimeter And Infrared Astronomy From Space", Proc. SPIE 0332, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I, (4 November 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933515;

Presentation Slides

Robotic Assembly of Space Assets: Architectures and Technologies. Dr. Rudranarayan Mukherjee (JPL) Future In-Space Operations (FISO) teleconference presentation June 27, 2018.

SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation: Austin TX June 10-15, 2018

Deep Space Gateway (DSG) Science Workshop, Denver, February 27 — March 1

Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group presentation: February 21, 2018

231st American Astronomical Society Splinter Session: Astronomers, Astronauts and Robots: Enabling the Most Ambitious Future Space Observatories: National Harbor MD Jan 9, 2018