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Public Telescope

Business Plan for a commercial space telescope

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 Public Telescope project word cloud

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Project "Public Telescope" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.6. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Space)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2015
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2015-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ASTROFACTUM GMBH DE (MUENCHEN) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

'The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a masterpiece for astronomy and astrophysics and also for public outreach and education, serving as an inspiration for all mankind. However, the HST is coming to age and will have to be retired soon. Unfortunately, the James Webb Space Telescope cannot be considered a follow-on telescope to the HST as its observing spectrum will be mostly in the infrared spectrum only while the HST can observe in the ultraviolet (UV) and the visual spectrum too. Consequently the UV-community will be left behind or even blind.

Acknowledging that professional UV-astronomers are mostly interested in observing celestial objects eof the milky way and nearby galaxies and that the hobby astronomer community as well as the general public's interest in astronomy is centered on bright objects offers an interesting opportunity to establish a follow-on telescope to the HST, which can be extremely cost-effective. This is due to two reasons: a) a telescope focusing on bright objects is not required to work with a huge aperture and b) recent advances in electronics, sensors, light-weight structures etc. have enabled the rise of small satellite systems.

By combining these aspects an interesting concept arises, which is the aim of the project 'Public Telescope': • Sub-meter space telescope for UV/VIS/NIR spectroscopy and imaging • Internet-based service-platform for order and configuration • Combination of huge scientific need with a sustainable commercial potential

The opportunity is now! PlanetLabs and similar initiatives in the US showcase that the time is right to launch such endeavors - if the Europeans do not act now, then it will be the US that will be the first and likely there is no early market for two or more systems.

We need the feasibility study for: • Concretion of user requirements • Development of a functional mission concept • Estimate of the overall project cost • Development of product, price and quantity structures'

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