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Metal mirror TMA, telescopes of the JSS product line: design and analysis
Author(s): Steffen Kirschstein; Amelia Koch; Jürgen Schöneich; Frank Döngi
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Paper Abstract

For the increasing market of low-cost multispectral pushbroom scanners for spaceborne Earth remote sensing the Jena-Optronik GmbH have developed the JSS product line. They are typically operated on micro-satellites with strong resources constraints. This leads to instrument designs optimised with respect to minimum size and mass, power consumption, and cost. From various customer requirements, Jena-Optronik has derived the JSS product line of low-cost optical spaceborne scanners in the visible wavelength range. Three-mirror anastigmat (TMA) telescope designs have become a widespread design solution for fields of view from 2 to 12 deg. The design solution chosen by Jena-Optronik is based on all-aluminium telescopes. Novel ultra-precision milling and polishing techniques now give the opportunity to achieve the necessary optical surface quality for applications in the visible range. The TMA telescope optics design of the JSS-56 imager will be accommodated onboard the RapidEye spacecraft. The JSS-56 TMA with a F-number of 4.3 realised a swath width of 78km with a Ground pixel resolution of 6.5m × 6.5m. The aluminium mirrors are Ni coated to achieve a suitable surface polish quality. This paper discusses typical requirements for the thermal design the bimetallic effects of the mirrors. To achieve a nearly diffracted limited imaging the typical surface irregularities due to the turning process have to be addressed in the ray tracing models. Analysis and integration of real mirror data in the ZEMAX design software are demonstrated here and compared with build-in standard tolerance concepts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5962, Optical Design and Engineering II, 59621M (14 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.624354
Show Author Affiliations
Steffen Kirschstein, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)
Amelia Koch, Technische Univ. Ilmenau (Germany)
Jürgen Schöneich, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)
Frank Döngi, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5962:
Optical Design and Engineering II
Laurent Mazuray; Rolf Wartmann, Editor(s)

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