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A cost effective direct drive option for the Thirty Meter Telescope
Author(s): T. M. Erm; A. Seppey
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Paper Abstract

Direct drive motors are finding their way into telescope drive designs and have many advantages over more traditionally used friction and rack/pinion drives. They are implemented as curved linear motors custom made to the actual diameter required by the telescope design. Custom design is by definition a costly process and this paper discusses the possibility to use standard straight linear segments to approximate the curvature. Detailed analysis is given concerning differences in the electro-magnetic properties compared to a custom design motor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6273, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 627335 (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672204
Show Author Affiliations
T. M. Erm, Thirty Meter Telescope Project (United States)
A. Seppey, ETEL SA (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6273:
Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Joseph Antebi; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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