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Design and test of a novel solar imaging payload for small satellites
Author(s): Olha Asmolova; Geoff Andersen; Matthew G. McHarg; Trey Quiller; Carlos Maldonado; Thomas Dickinson
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Paper Abstract

FalconSAT-7 (FS-7), a 3U CubeSat solar telescope, is the first-ever on-orbit demonstration of a lightweight deployable membrane primary optic that is twice the size of the host spacecraft. The telescope payload consists of the deployment structure, optical, electronic subsystems and occupying 1.5 U, while the rest of the volume is used for the bus, including satellite power, control, communications with the ground, etc. The deployment subsystem provides membrane deployment, positioning and tension with high precision for proper imaging, while the optical subsystem includes secondary optics with a camera to record images of the Sun at H-alpha. The electronics subsystem is used to control the primary optics deployment, focusing, image storage and transfer to the bus etc. We conducted an end-to-end flight optical subsystem test and a series of tests of the corrosion of the photon sieve due to atomic oxygen. The flight model build will be completed by October 2015with a launch date set for September 2016.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9602, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII, 96020F (22 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2189918
Show Author Affiliations
Olha Asmolova, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Geoff Andersen, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Matthew G. McHarg, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Trey Quiller, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Carlos Maldonado, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Thomas Dickinson, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9602:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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