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Global radius-of-curvature estimation and control for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Author(s): John M. Rakoczy; Drew Hall; William Ly; Richard T. Howard; Edward E. Montgomery
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Paper Abstract

A system which estimates the global radius of curvature (GRoC) and corrects for changes in GRoC on a segmented primary mirror has been developed for and verified on McDonald Observatory's Hobby Eberly Telescope (HET). The GRoC estimation and control system utilizes HET's primary mirror control (PMC) system and the Segment Alignment Maintenance System (SAMS), an inductive edge sensor system. A special set of boundary conditions is applied to the derivation of the optimal edge-match control. The special boundary conditions allow the further derivation of an observer, which enables estimation and control of the GRoC mode to within HET's specification. The magnitude of the GRoC mode can then be controlled despite the inability of the SAMS edge sensor system, by itself, to observe or control the GRoC mode. The observer can be extended to any segmented mirror telescope. It will be shown that the observer improves with accuracy as the number of segments increases. This paper presents the mathematical theory of the observer. Performance verification data from the HET will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (4 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.456650
Show Author Affiliations
John M. Rakoczy, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Drew Hall, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William Ly, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard T. Howard, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Edward E. Montgomery, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4837:
Large Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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