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Relay Mirror Experiment overview: a GBL pointing and tracking demonstration
Author(s): Jeffrey S. Dierks; Susan Elizabeth Ross; Aaron Brodsky; Paul W. Kervin; Richard W. Holm
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Paper Abstract

The Relay Mirror Experiment (RME) has successfully demonstrated long-range, low-jitter tracking and pointing capabilities appropriate for ground-based laser (GBL) propagation. The RME program includes (1) a passively maneuverable, free-flying low-orbit spacecraft with a laser diode beacon and spoiled retroreflectors as acquisition aids; (2) a payload experiment package (PEP) consisting of sensors, optics, steerable mirrors, and control electronics. This subsystem accomplishes GBL tracking and pointing and the associated positioning of a space-based relay mirror sufficiently to relay an infrared beam between two ground sites. Design considerations for the control system included base motion disturbance and calibration; (3) two GBL sites each a tracking and pointing exercise in itself, using a combination of sensors and acquisition and tracking capabilities. One site includes a beam relay scoring capability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1482, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45692
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey S. Dierks, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Susan Elizabeth Ross, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Aaron Brodsky, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Paul W. Kervin, Phillips Lab. (United States)
Richard W. Holm, Phillips Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1482:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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