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JWST optical telescope element center of curvature test
Author(s): Babak Saif; Ritva Keski-Kuha; David Chaney; Perry Greenfield; Kyle Van Gorkom; Keira Brooks; Warren Hack; Marcel Bluth; Josh Bluth; James Sanders; Koby Smith; Larkin Carey; Sze Chaung; Lee Feinberg; Severine Tournois; W. Scott Smith; Vladimir Kradinov
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Optical Telescope Element (OTE) and Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) completed their element level integration and test programs and were integrated to the next level of assembly called OTE/ISIM (OTIS) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland in 2016. Before shipping the OTIS to Johnson Space Center (JSC) for optical test at cryogenic temperature a series of vibration and acoustic tests were performed. To help ensure that the OTIS was ready to be shipped to JSC an optical center of curvature (CoC) test was performed to measure changes in the mirror’s optical performance to verify that the telescope’s primary mirror was not adversely impacted by the environmental testing and also help us in understanding potential anomalies identified during the JSC tests. The 6.5 meter diameter primary mirror consists of 18 individual hexagonal segments. Each segment is an off-axis asphere. There are a total of three prescriptions repeated six times each. As part of the CoC test each segment was individually measured using a high-speed interferometer (HSI) designed and built specifically for this test. This interferometer is capable of characterizing both static and dynamic characteristics of the mirrors. The latter capability was used, with the aid of a vibration stinger applying a low-level input force, to measure the dynamic characteristic changes of the PM backplane structure. This paper describes the CoC test setup and both static and dynamic test results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106983M (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313029
Show Author Affiliations
Babak Saif, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ritva Keski-Kuha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David Chaney, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Perry Greenfield, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Kyle Van Gorkom, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Keira Brooks, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Warren Hack, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Marcel Bluth, SGT, Inc. (United States)
Josh Bluth, SGT, Inc. (United States)
James Sanders, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Koby Smith, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Larkin Carey, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Sze Chaung, Orbital ATK Space Systems (United States)
Lee Feinberg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Severine Tournois, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
W. Scott Smith, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Vladimir Kradinov, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10698:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Makenzie Lystrup; Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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