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The Athena telescope will use the same the ESA-developed Silicon Pore Optics. However the design has been substantially modified to accommodate the shorter focal length and the restricted accommodation and available packing densities as well as the affordable number of optics modules. As a compromise between using the aperture efficiently (1 telescope) and maximizing the modules with low grazing incidence angle (multi-telescopes and focal planes), the adopted configuration of 2 identical coaligned telescopes is being considered in detail. For obvious reasons the design has been christened "Owl Eyes".


Concept of the structural supporting assembly for the individual SPO modules


Layout of the two telescopes within the available fairing envelope


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last update: 24-Apr-2011, by Thomas Boller and Joachim Paul


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