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Realization and preliminary tests on an innovative deployable structure for a high-resolution telescope for microsatellite
Author(s): Roberto Gardi; Giulia Pica
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Paper Abstract

High resolution images of the Earth surface in the visible wavelength are useful in a variety of human activities, from agriculture, to urban area monitoring, but the utilization is often limited by the high cost of the images and the relatively small number of satellites equipped with high resolution telescopes. In order to encourage the utilization of high resolution images, Italian Space Agency (ASI) funded a project aimed to investigate the possibility of utilization of microsatellites for this task. The objective of the project MITAR (MIcro Telescope, high Resolution) is to realize a prototypal telescope, capable of a 1m resolution from 400Km altitude, compatible with a microsatellite platform. The necessity of a compact, lightweight and highly performing payload has been achieved designing a Cassegrain configuration with composite material mirrors and an innovative deployable structure. The feasibility analysis and preliminary design have been presented at the SPIE Remote Sensing Europe 2003 congress in the paper titled "High resolution deployable telescope for satellite application". Present paper focuses on the activities developed by Second University of Naples. In the university it has been designed a structure capable of a smooth deploy, without active control systems. The structure is deployed by lenticular tape springs (LTS), damped with viscoelastic polymer. In the paper it is quickly described the optical system, then the peculiarity of the lenticular tape springs are shortly described. The characterization of the visco-elastically damped LTS (VEDLTS), and the description of the efforts aimed to have numerical and analytical instruments for the prediction of this innovative elements are exposed with more details. We report then some relevant detail of the deployable structure and the realization related aspects. The paper is concluded with the results of the very preliminary tests, aimed to verify the ability of the structure of performing a correct deploy and the accuracy of the deployed configuration. The tests have evidenced that the structure does not easily deploy spontaneously, then it has been necessary to use some conventional springs in order to trigger a correct deploy, obtaining a structure with the needed characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5570, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII, (4 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.565487
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Roberto Gardi, Seconda Univ. degli Studi di Napoli (Italy)
Giulia Pica, Consortium for Research on Advanced Remote Sensing Systems (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5570:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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