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Structural modeling for the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission
Author(s): Andrew Kissil; Eug Yun Kwack; Timothy Ho; Alice Liu; Carl Blaurock
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Paper Abstract

The Coronagraph version of the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) mission relies on a large-optics, space-born observatory, which requires extreme stability of the optics in the presence of thermal and dynamic disturbances. The structural design requires balancing of stringent constraints on launch packaging with unusually tight response requirements for thermal and dynamic environments. The minimum-mission structural model (pre-phase A, point design) includes a deployable, pre-tensioned membrane sun-shield and solar-sail, a 10m long deployable secondary support structure, and a light-weighted 6m diameter monolithic glass primary mirror. We performed thermal distortion and dynamic response analyses in order to demonstrate feasibility, quantify critical sensitivities, and to identify potential problems that might need to be addressed early on.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5528, Space Systems Engineering and Optical Alignment Mechanisms, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560516
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Kissil, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eug Yun Kwack, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Timothy Ho, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Alice Liu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Carl Blaurock, Mide Technology Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5528:
Space Systems Engineering and Optical Alignment Mechanisms
Lee D. Peterson; Robert C. Guyer, Editor(s)

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