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Optical alignment and test of Wide-Field/Planetary Camera-II
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Paper Abstract

The second generation Wide-Field/Planetary Camera (WF/PC-II) for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was modeled to access the impact of manufacturing, alignment, and environmental tolerances on performance. This analysis showed that the lateral registration of the image of the optical telescope assembly (OTA) pupil to the surface providing the spherical correction must be aligned and maintained through launch to 50 microns; WF/PC-I was an order of magnitude less sensitive. Inherited WF/PC-I hardware was subjected to new WF/PC- II environmental tests. As a result WF/PC-II was reconfigured to ensure on-orbit performance: the focus mechanism was removed to increase stability through launch and on- orbit, and four formerly fixed mirrors were actuated, to provide capability for on-orbit pupil alignment. This paper traces the evolution of the WF/PC-II error budget from its WF/PC-I beginnings to the current configuration. This information should be of general interest to designers of future HST instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 1993
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1996, Optical Alignment, (15 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.160410
Show Author Affiliations
James P. McGuire, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert P. Korechoff, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1996:
Optical Alignment
Mitchell C. Ruda, Editor(s)

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