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Design of bipod flexure mounts for the IRIS spectrometer
Author(s): Isaac Weingrod; Catherine Y. Chou; Buck Holmes; Craig Hom; James Wes Irwin; Obert Lindstrom; Frank Lopez; David M. Stubbs; Jean-Pierre Wüelser
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Paper Abstract

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) is a NASA SMall Explorer (SMEX) mission launched onboard a Pegasus™ booster on June 27, 2013. The spacecraft and instrument were designed and built at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. The primary mission goal is to learn how the solar atmosphere is energized. IRIS will obtain high-resolution UV spectra and images in space (0.4 arcsec) and time (1s), focusing on the chromosphere and transition region of our sun, which is a complex interface region between the photosphere and corona. The IRIS instrument uses a Cassegrain telescope to feed a dual spectrograph and slit-jaw imager, which operate in the 133-141 nm and 278-283 nm wavelengths, respectively. Within the spectrograph there are sixteen optics, each requiring subtle mounting features to meet exacting surface figure and stability requirements. This paper covers the opto-mechanical design for the most challenging optic mounts, which include the Collimator, UV Fold Mirrors, and UV Gratings. Although all mounts are unique in size and shape, the fundamental design remains the same. The mounts are highly kinematic, thermally matched, and independent of friction. Their development will be described in detail, starting with the driving requirements and an explanation of the underlying design philosophy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8836, Optomechanical Engineering 2013, 88360Q (18 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024478
Show Author Affiliations
Isaac Weingrod, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Catherine Y. Chou, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Buck Holmes, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Craig Hom, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
James Wes Irwin, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Obert Lindstrom, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Frank Lopez, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
David M. Stubbs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Jean-Pierre Wüelser, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8836:
Optomechanical Engineering 2013
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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