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Optical Engineering

Vibroacoustic launch analysis and alleviation of lightweight, active mirrors
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Paper Abstract

Lightweight, active, silicon carbide mirrors can increase the capability of space-based optical systems. However, launch survival is a serious concern for such systems, with the vibrations and acoustics from launch threatening to damage the optics. Therefore, a dynamic, state-space launch model has been developed with which one can quickly analyze the survival probability of many designs and also directly analyze launch load alleviation techniques. This paper discusses the launch model from which launch stress and survival probability are obtained, as well as launch load alleviation techniques that may increase the probability of launch survival. Three launch load alleviation techniques are presented and analyzed: whole spacecraft isolation, passive shunt circuits using the existing embedded actuators, and active damping using the existing actuators. All of the techniques reduce the launch stress, but at the expense of mass and complexity. The launch model allows for early identification of lightweight, active mirror designs which will survive launch, and the alleviation techniques expand the feasible design space by decreasing the launch stress and increasing the probability of launch survival.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Opt. Eng. 50(1) 013002 doi: 10.1117/1.3530077
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 50, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Lucy E. Cohan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
David W. Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


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