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Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

Architecture for in-space robotic assembly of a modular space telescope
Author(s): Nicolas N. Lee; Joel W. Burdick; Paul Backes; Sergio Pellegrino; Kristina Hogstrom; Christine Fuller; Brett Kennedy; Junggon Kim; Rudranarayan Mukherjee; Carl Seubert; Yen-Hung Wu
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Paper Abstract

An architecture and conceptual design for a robotically assembled, modular space telescope (RAMST) that enables extremely large space telescopes to be conceived is presented. The distinguishing features of the RAMST architecture compared with prior concepts include the use of a modular deployable structure, a general-purpose robot, and advanced metrology, with the option of formation flying. To demonstrate the feasibility of the robotic assembly concept, we present a reference design using the RAMST architecture for a formation flying 100-m telescope that is assembled in Earth orbit and operated at the Sun–Earth Lagrange Point 2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2016
PDF: 15 pages
J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 2(4) 041207 doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041207
Published in: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems Volume 2, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Nicolas N. Lee, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Joel W. Burdick, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Paul Backes, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sergio Pellegrino, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Kristina Hogstrom, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Christine Fuller, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brett Kennedy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Junggon Kim, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Rudranarayan Mukherjee, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Carl Seubert, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Yen-Hung Wu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


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