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Effects of base motion on space-based precision laser tracking in the Relay Mirror Experiment
Author(s): Joel E. Anspach; Paul F. Sydney; Gregg Hendry
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Paper Abstract

An objective of the Wideband Angular Vibration Experiment (WAVE) is to measure optical bench vibrations of the Relay Mirror Experiment (RME) laser beacon tracker. The WAVE sensor package measures six degrees of freedom of optical bench base motion over a frequency band of 1-1,000 Hz. The WAVE package is comprised of 16 sensors: three angular displacement sensors, six magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) angular rate sensors, and seven linear accelerometers. Redundant angular measurements allow the qualifying of the MHD sensor for space operation. The noise floor of the angular measurements, integrated over the full frequency band, is less than 0.1 (mu) rad in each axis. Measurements taken while tracking an internal self-check laser diode indicate that vibrations from attitude control system horizon scanners, reaction wheel, and excited structural modes in the beacon tracker optical assembly dominate the base motion environment. Most of the vibrations are narrow band with amplitudes on the order of 10.0 nanoradians. Coherence analysis between WAVE sensors and unrejected quad cell errors indicates that track performance during self-check is limited by base motion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1482, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45694
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Joel E. Anspach, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Paul F. Sydney, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Gregg Hendry, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (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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