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Design of a lightweight telescope with highly stable line of sight
Author(s): Anees Ahmad; Robert H. Wright; Todd A. Baker
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Paper Abstract

The weight and line of sight (LOS) stability are very critical in telescopes used for remote sensing and imaging in the presence of high dynamic loads and vibrations. A high stiffness and low-density material such as beryllium is ideally suited for such applications in spite of its high cost. This paper presents the design of an all-beryllium off-axis telescope in which the three diamond-machined mirrors are pinned and bolted to an extremely lightweight and stiff support structure. A number of design and fabrication techniques were employed to minimize the cost of material and fabrication. The importance of machining tolerances for optimizing the cost and yield of mirrors is also described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3786, Optomechanical Engineering and Vibration Control, (28 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363810
Show Author Affiliations
Anees Ahmad, Raytheon Systems Co. (United States)
Robert H. Wright, Raytheon Systems Co. (United States)
Todd A. Baker, Raytheon Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3786:
Optomechanical Engineering and Vibration Control
Eddy A. Derby; Eddy A. Derby; Colin G. Gordon; Colin G. Gordon; Daniel Vukobratovich; Carl H. Zweben; Daniel Vukobratovich; Paul R. Yoder; Carl H. Zweben, Editor(s)

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