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Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) Workshop

About The Event

The Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) will be holding a community workshop Sept 22-23, 2011 at Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. The key goal of this workshop is to determine technology priorities and a draft technology roadmap for future strategic missions within NASA's Cosmic Origins program. This roadmap will provide necessary input into and help guide the NASA technology program. Possible future Cosmic Origins strategic missions include a 4-meter class UV/Optical/Near IR mission, specifically called out by New Worlds New Horizons, an 8-m class UVOIR mission, and Far IR/Sub-mm missions. The 4-8 m UVOIR mission would likely serve a dual purpose as a nearby near-Earth exoplanet imaging and spectroscopy mission. The concepts and technologies will be discussed in the context of this mission requirement. Topics for the workshop include: science objectives of future Cosmic Origins strategic missions, candidate mission concepts, technology requirements for these missions, technology readiness, required investments to mature these technologies, and a logical sequence of development steps and decision points to obtain the necessary new capabilities (roadmap). All interested members of the community are invited and will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

We are planning to have several opportunities for participants to make contributions to the workshop, including considerable time for discussion, splinter groups, and short contributed talks. If you are interested in giving a brief talk related to the workshop agenda, please submit an abstract when you register.

Conference Webex Information

Instructions on how to join the online conference can be found on our WebEx Info page.