SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The STAC provides strategic direction and advice to optimize the design of Project Blue’s studies of the Alpha Centauri System. The committee members will devise specific scientific objectives and derive requirements for the mission architecture. The committee is composed of experts in the fields of exoplanet research, instrumentation, advanced optical telescopes, and space mission development.
Project Blue's mission concept is based on the published work of Dr. Eduardo Bendek and Dr. Rus Belikov at NASA Ames to image planets in the habitable zone of aCen A & B using a highly optimized coronagraphic telescope devoted to image the HZ of both stars. For more information about Dr. Belikov and Dr. Bendek’s mission concept, see here and here, and references therein. Other notable work by our STAC members that have contributed to advancement of the direct imaging techniques Project Blue will use in its mission include Dr. Guyon's general work on the PIAA coronagraph, and Dr. Males’ concept of Orbital Differential Imaging which specifically takes advantage of a mission focused on a single star system to enable sensitivity to Earth-like planets.