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Design and fabrication of a large vertical-travel silicon inchworm microactuator for the Advanced Segmented Silicon Space Telescope
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Paper Abstract

Future concepts for ultra-large lightweight space telescopes include the telescopes with segmented silicon mirrors. This paper describes a proof-of-concept inchworm actuator designed to provide nanometer resolution, high stiffness, large output force, long travel range, and compactness for ultraprecision positioning applications in space. A vertically actuating inchworm microactuator is proposed to achieve large actuation travel by incorporating compliant beam structures within a silicon wafer. An inchworm actuator unit consists of a piezoelectric stack actuator, a driver, a pair of holders, a slider, and a pair of polymer beams connected to a centrally clamped flexure beam. Deep reactive ion etch experiments have been performed for constructing the actuator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 January 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4981, MEMS Components and Applications for Industry, Automobiles, Aerospace, and Communication II, (16 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.476282
Show Author Affiliations
Eui-Hyeok Yang, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Richard G. Dekany, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Stephen Padin, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4981:
MEMS Components and Applications for Industry, Automobiles, Aerospace, and Communication II
Siegfried W. Janson, Editor(s)

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