The workshop provided an opportunity for interaction between the local participants (from Caltech and JPL) and a number of external participants that will shape the future directions of an ongoing 6-month study that began with this kick-off workshop. Our aim is to make a lasting impact on the field of large space apertures.
The Large Apertures Workshop had the following objectives:
- What are the community’s needs for (a) optical apertures or (b) RF apertures in the next 10-20 years?
- What is the state of the art in optical and RF apertures?
- What are the roadblocks that prevent us from meeting the community’s needs, given the state of the art?
- What approaches could be followed to address these roadblocks?