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Dynamic aspects of segmented mirror position control
Author(s): Hans J. Kaercher
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Paper Abstract

Extreme large optical telescopes will operate in an open environment and may be excited by wind effects. The position control of the mirror segments may need fast control, and the position actuators and the related control loops may be separated in a conventional slow, iso-static and a fast reaction-mass type system. There exists some experience with wind excitations of airborne telescopes, e.g. the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy SOFIA. The pointing control system of that telescope is equipped with several dedicated design features, as a vibration isolations system, a flexible body control system and an active mass damper system to handle excitations in different frequency ranges. These features may be transferred to the position control systems of segmented mirrors. The paper will give some system engi-neers recommendations for designing those systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6148, 2nd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes, 614804 (30 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.674038
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Hans J. Kaercher, MT Aerospace (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6148:
2nd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes
Yudong Zhang; Wenhan Jiang; Myung K. Cho, Editor(s)

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