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Re: Mission to the Gravitational Focus
« Reply #80 on: 04/22/2016 03:53 PM »
As for resolution I read an article yesterday about a new technique that will give upcoming scopes the ability to resolve continents on exoplanets so the limits of scopes and techniques are routinely being broken. 

OTOH this means that a lot of the advantages of a Gravitational Focus telescope are also being reduced.
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Re: Mission to the Gravitational Focus
« Reply #81 on: 04/22/2016 04:54 PM »
http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/04/stellar-echo-imaging-of-exoplanets.html

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A mission utilizing distributed-aperture stellar echo detectors could provide continent-level imaging of exoplanets more readily than interferometric techniques, as high temporal resolution detection is less technically challenging and more cost effective than multi-kilometer-baseline fringe-tracking, particularly in a photon-starved regime. The concept is viable for detecting exoplanets at more diverse orbital inclinations than is possible with transit or radial velocity techniques.
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Re: Mission to the Gravitational Focus
« Reply #82 on: 04/22/2016 05:20 PM »
BESIDES (<---------Yes i am shouting) we now have a new and even better reason to go even farther and a way to do it faster.

Planet nine is thought to be further out than the minimum 500 AU distance of the beginning of the GF region. We need to send probes there (once we verify it's location.)

And thanks to new propulsion ideas slightly less sketchy than the EM drive (so far...) we could get there three to four times faster than Voyager or Pluto Express (RIP) with one method and possibly at 20 percent c with another.
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Re: Mission to the Gravitational Focus
« Reply #83 on: 04/25/2016 04:56 PM »
This article is very much applicable to this thread.

Starshot and the Gravitational Lens

http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=35486

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