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Manufacturing and integration of the SOFIA suspension assembly
Author(s): Eberhard Sust; Ulrich Weis; Eckhard Bremers; Walter Schubbach
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Paper Abstract

The Suspension Assembly is the most complex mechanical subsystem of the SOFIA telescope, responsible for suspending and positioning the telescope in the aircraft on the sky. It is a highly integrated system comprising of a vibration isolating system, a spherical hydraulic bearing, a spherical torque motor, a coarse drive and airworthiness relevant components like brakes, hard-stops etc. The components were manufactured under airworthiness standards by dedicated suppliers and integrated and commissioned in 2001/2002 at MAN Technologie in Augsburg. The paper describes the experience gotten during the manufacturing and integration process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458583
Show Author Affiliations
Eberhard Sust, MAN Technologie AG (United States)
Ulrich Weis, MAN Technologie AG (United States)
Eckhard Bremers, MAN Technologie AG (United States)
Walter Schubbach, MAN Technologie AG (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4857:
Airborne Telescope Systems II
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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