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Successful completion of SIM-PlanetQuest technology
Author(s): Robert A. Laskin
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Paper Abstract

Optical interferometry will open new vistas for astronomy over the next decade. The Space Interferometry Mission (SIM-PlanetQuest), operating unfettered by the Earth's atmosphere, will offer unprecedented astrometric precision that promises the discovery of Earth-class extra-solar planets as well as a wealth of important astrophysics. Optical interferometers also present severe technological challenges: laser metrology systems must perform with sub-nanometer precision; mechanical vibrations must be controlled to nanometers requiring orders of magnitude disturbance rejection; a multitude of actuators and sensors must operate flawlessly and in concert. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with the support of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (LM ATC) and Northrop Grumman Space Technology (NGST), has addressed these challenges with a technology development program that is now complete. Technology transfer to the SIM flight team is now well along and the project is proceeding toward Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with a quickening pace.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2006
PDF: 24 pages
Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 626823 (28 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670849
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Robert A. Laskin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6268:
Advances in Stellar Interferometry
John D. Monnier; Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi, Editor(s)

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