List of proposed space observatories

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List of proposed space observatories: examples of past and present space observatory plans, concepts, and proposals. For observatories in orbit see, List of space telescopes.

Legend

  •        Active
  •        Other
  •        Merged, Cancelled, Superseded
Name Agency Planned
Launch Date
Fate Planned Location Ref(s)
Advanced Technology Large Aperture Space Telescope Space Telescope Science Institute Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange point [1]
X-Ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy Mission (XEUS) ESA Merged into IXO [2]
Constellation-X NASA Merged into IXO
International X-ray Observatory NASA & ESA & JAXA No funding 2011 [3]
Spectrum-X-Gamma IKI & NASA [4]
Astrosat ISRO TBA Earth orbit (650 km) [5][6]
SIM Lite Astrometric Observatory NASA 2015 No funding 2010 [7]
Darwin Mission ESA - - Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange point [8]
Euclid ESA 2019 Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange point
Terrestrial Planet Finder NASA TBA No funding 2011 [9]
Dark Universe Observatory NASA Superseded by WFIRST Earth orbit (600 km) [10][11]
Dark Energy Space Telescope NASA & DOE Superseded by WFIRST [8]
Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) (IR) NASA & DOE 2020 Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange point [12][13]
Astromag Free-Flyer (Particles) NASA 1 January 2005 Earth orbit (500 km) [14][15]
VSOP-2 (Astro-G) (Radio) JAXA 2012 Cancelled 2011 - [8]
Exoplanetary Circumstellar Environments and Disk Explorer (EXCEDE) NASA 2016 Sun-synchronous Earth orbit, 2000 km [16][17]
Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) NASA 2018 No funding 2011 Solar orbit (approx. 1 AU; trailing Earth) [18]
ZEBRA NASA - 10AU+ [19]
World Space Observatory (WSO-UV) RSA - [20]

Additional examples[edit]

Calisto architecture for SAFIR.[21]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope". Space Telescope Science Institute. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  2. ^ "KEUS - The X-Ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy Mission". ESA. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Official NASA IXO Home Page". NASA. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  4. ^ "NASA - NSSDC - Spacecraft - Details (Spectrum-X-Gamma)". NASA. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  5. ^ "ASTROSAT - An Indian Multiwave Astronomy Satellite". Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  6. ^ www.aprsaf.org
  7. ^ "SIM Lite JPL". NASA. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  8. ^ a b c "ESA Science & Technology: Darwin". ESA. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  9. ^ "Planet Quest: Missions - Terrestrial Planet Finder". NASA. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  10. ^ "Dark Universe Observatory". Sonoma State University. Retrieved 2008-02-29. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Dark Universe Observatory - About the Launch Vehicle and Orbit". Sonoma State University. Retrieved 2008-02-29. [dead link]
  12. ^ "$1.6 Billion Telescope Would Search Alien Planets and Probe Dark Energy". SPACE. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  13. ^ "Astro2010 Report Release Presentation" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  14. ^ "NASA - NSSD - Spacecraft - Trajectory Details (Astromag FF)". NASA. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  15. ^ "NASA - NSSDC - Spacecraft - Details (Astromag-F)". NASA. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  16. ^ "EXCEDE Home Page". University of Arizona. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  17. ^ "EXCEDE the Search for Planets". Astrobiology magazine. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  18. ^ "ESA Science & Technology: LISA". ESA. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  19. ^ ZEBRA
  20. ^ WSO-UV
  21. ^ SAFIR
  22. ^ Gunter's Space Page - ExoplanetSat
  23. ^ M. Wong , et al. - A Dedicated Space Observatory for Time-domain Solar System Science