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Integration and alignment of ATLAS instrument engineering model components in Optical Development System Lab
Author(s): Tyler Evans
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Paper Abstract

The ATLAS Instrument for the ICESat-2 mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center required a test-bed to prove out new concepts before the mission launches in 2016. The Optical Development System (ODS) laboratory was created to use breadboard, prototype, and engineering-model levels of hardware and software to model and evaluate the ATLAS alignment system. A one meter parabolic mirror was used to create a collimated light beam to align prototype and engineering model transmitter and receiver optics and test closed-loop alignment algorithms. To achieve an error of less than two micro-radians, an active deformable mirror was used to correct the wave front to subtract out the collimator mount error.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2013
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8844, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VII, 884408 (10 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024171
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Tyler Evans, SGT, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8844:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VII
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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