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Testing the equipment for the cryogenic optical test of the James Webb Space Telescope
Author(s): Tony L. Whitman; K. J. Dziak; Jesse Huguet; J. Scott Knight; Carl Reis; Erin Wilson
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Paper Abstract

After integration of the Optical Telescope Element (OTE) to the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) to become the OTIS, the JWST optics are tested at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the cryogenic vacuum Chamber A for alignment and optical performance. Tens of trucks full of custom test equipment are being delivered to the JSC, in addition to the large pieces built at the Center, and the renovation of the chamber itself. The facility is tested for the thermal stability control for optical measurements and contamination control during temperature transitions. The support for the OTIS is also tested for thermal stability control, load tested in the cryogenic environment, and tested for isolation of the background vibration for the optical measurements. The Center of Curvature Optical Assembly (COCOA) is tested for the phasing and wavefront error (WFE) measurement of an 18 segment mirror and for cryogenic operation. A photogrammetry system is tested for metrology performance and cryogenic operation. Test mirrors for auto-collimation measurements are tested for optical performance and cryogenic operation. An assembly of optical test sources are calibrated and tested in a cryogenic environment. A Pathfinder telescope is used as a surrogate telescope for cryogenic testing of the OTIS optical test configuration. A Beam Image Analyzer (BIA) is used as a surrogate ISIM with the Pathfinder in this test. After briefly describing the OTIS optical test configuration, the paper will overview the list and configuration of significant tests of the equipment leading up to the OTIS test.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2014
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91430F (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057175
Show Author Affiliations
Tony L. Whitman, Exelis Inc. (United States)
K. J. Dziak, Exelis Inc. (United States)
Jesse Huguet, Exelis Inc. (United States)
J. Scott Knight, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Carl Reis, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
Erin Wilson, Genesis Engineering Solutions (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9143:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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