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A space interferometer on a 6U Cubesat: FIRST-S (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Vincent Lapeyrère; Sylvestre Lacour; Mathurin Grenot; Mathias Nowak; Lester David; Antoine Crouzier

Paper Abstract

The FIRST-S project is an astronomical project in the context of exoplanet detection. The scientific objective of this mission would be to study the visible emission of exozodiacal light in the habitable zone around the closest stars. It requires high dynamic range (103) at moderate resolution (arcsec). The proposed instrument is 60 cm baseline stellar interferometer with nulling capabilities based on single-mode fibers and LiNbO3 (Lithium niobate) photonic ship on a 6U CubeSat. This nulling technique is currently developed in the context of FIRST project (Fibered Imager foR a Single Telescope), and is suitable for a nanosatellite application. The first part of this challenge – controlling the injection of the star light in a single-mode fiber with a accuracy of 1 arcsecond – is addressed by the PicSat mission. PicSat is using a 2 stages pointing system: the Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) of the platform, and the control of a 2 axis piezo stage. The design is based on two 9cm aperture telescope, inspired by the PicSat payload. The light collected by these two telescopes is guided with the single mode fibers to the integrated active optics. The active part of this ship controls the optical phase difference to a nanometer accuracy over few microns and allow to scan the null fringe. The interferometer itself is used as an OPD sensor and interacts with the ADCS of the platform to maintain this OPD lower to few microns. In this presentation I will present the performances of PicSat on which be can base this design. The satellite design will then be described including the telescopes and injection into fibers and the recombination system. Finally the first results on a lab demonstrator with these parts will be shown.

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Date Published: 10 July 2018
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Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106981W (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313372
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Vincent Lapeyrère, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (France)
Ctr. National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
Sylvestre Lacour, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Ctr. National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (France)
Mathurin Grenot, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (France)
Ctr. National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
Mathias Nowak, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (France)
Ctr. National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
Lester David, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (France)
Ctr. National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
Antoine Crouzier, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (France)
Ctr. National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)


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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