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Feasibility study of using elastic memory composites for the deployment of precision optical space instruments
Author(s): Will Francis; Mark S. Lake; Jason D. Hinkle; Lee D. Peterson
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Paper Abstract

The use of an elastic memory composite member (EMC) as the active element in deployable optical instruments has tremendous potential. Elastic memory composite mechanisms can remove the need for mechanical latches and remove the post deployed microdynamic instabilities associated with them while providing a low shock, controlled deployment. Additionally, elastic memory composite mechanisms are lightweight, simple, and have a very low coefficient of thermal expansion, which are also desirable properties for deployable optical systems. This paper describes an effort that has been done to explore this possibility. A mechanical latching actuator in an existing precision deployable optical testbed was replaced by an EMC self-locking actuator. Feasibility was assessed through a detailed design and fabrication exercise followed by experimental evaluation of a prototype actuator system in the ground-based deployable optics testbed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5528, Space Systems Engineering and Optical Alignment Mechanisms, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.563149
Show Author Affiliations
Will Francis, Composite Technology Development, Inc. (United States)
Mark S. Lake, Composite Technology Development, Inc. (United States)
Jason D. Hinkle, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Lee D. Peterson, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (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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