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Optical characterization of the beryllium semi-rigid AMSD mirror assembly
Author(s): Stephen E. Kendrick; David Chaney; Robert J. Brown
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Paper Abstract

The 1.4-m semi-rigid, beryllium Advanced Mirror System Demonstrator (AMSD) mirror has been lightweighted by over 90% (achieving 10 kg/m2 areal density) and optically ground and polished. The mounting structures have been completed and key attachments integrated prior to final polishing. The displacement actuators have been fabricated and tested at ambient and cryogenic temperatures. The integrated assembly represents an off-axis, aspheric, flight panel of a spaceborne mirror array whose radius of curvature (RoC) can be matched with its companion segments and whose position can be separately phased in a rigid body fashion. The results of the initial ambient testing and the cryogenic test set-up of the mirror assembly will be presented including mirror surface characterization and the correction afforded by radius of curvature actuation. Cryogenic testing at MSFC was completed in August 2003. The lightweighted, semi-rigid mirror architecture approach demonstrated here is a precursor to the mirror technology being applied to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5180, Optical Manufacturing and Testing V, (22 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.506386
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Stephen E. Kendrick, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
David Chaney, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Robert J. Brown, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5180:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing V
H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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