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A toolbox of metrology-based techniques for optical system alignment
Author(s): Phillip Coulter; Raymond G. Ohl; Peter N. Blake; Brent J. Bos; Victor J. Chambers; William L. Eichhorn; Jeffrey S. Gum; Theodore J. Hadjimichael; John G. Hagopian; Joseph E. Hayden; Samuel E. Hetherington; David A. Kubalak; Kyle F. Mclean; Joseph C. McMann; Kevin W. Redman; Henry P. Sampler; Greg W. Wenzel; Jerrod L. Young
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Paper Abstract

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and its partners have broad experience in the alignment of flight optical instruments and spacecraft structures. Over decades, GSFC developed alignment capabilities and techniques for a variety of optical and aerospace applications. In this paper, we provide an overview of a subset of the capabilities and techniques used on several recent projects in a “toolbox” format. We discuss a range of applications, from small-scale optical alignment of sensors to mirror and bench examples that make use of various large-volume metrology techniques. We also discuss instruments and analytical tools.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2016
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 9951, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification X, 995108 (20 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2239070
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Phillip Coulter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Raymond G. Ohl, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter N. Blake, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Brent J. Bos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Victor J. Chambers, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William L. Eichhorn, Genesis Engineering Solutions, Inc. (United States)
Jeffrey S. Gum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Theodore J. Hadjimichael, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John G. Hagopian, John Hagopian Engineering, LLC (United States)
Joseph E. Hayden, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Samuel E. Hetherington, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David A. Kubalak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kyle F. Mclean, Pinnacle Engineering & Management Solutions, LLC (United States)
Joseph C. McMann, Sierra Lobo, Inc. (United States)
Kevin W. Redman, Sierra Lobo, Inc. (United States)
Henry P. Sampler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Greg W. Wenzel, Sierra Lobo, Inc. (United States)
Jerrod L. Young, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9951:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification X
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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