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Declic: design, integration and testing of a multi configurable instrument using optical diagnostics to study directional solidification and critical fluids
Author(s): A. Durieux; B. Martin; D. Laubier

Paper Abstract

DECLIC, a Facility dedicated to the study of transparent media under microgravity, will be used in an ISS EXPRESS Rack. This paper focuses on the EXL which contains two optical boxes disposed on two opposite sides of the cavity where the Inserts to be studied shall be locked. At the moment, three types of inserts are planned to be accommodated in the EXL. Various optical diagnostics are available by configuring the EXL (sources, sensors, mechanisms). After the presentation of the EXL design, this article deals with some manufacturing and testing aspects, such as the use of COTS (cameras). Specific OGSE have been developed in order to simulate the optical interfaces and the propagation of beams in the inserts. Three models of the EXL have been integrated and fully tested, including the Flight Model. The sequence of tests, the performances measured, and then some images of the experiments performed with the inserts will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10567, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006, 1056743 (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308146
Show Author Affiliations
A. Durieux, EADS-SODERN (France)
B. Martin, EADS-ST (France)
D. Laubier, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10567:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006
Errico Armandillo; Josiane Costeraste; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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