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Innovative lightweight baseplate solution for stable optical benches in space programmes
Author(s): Elisabetta Rugi Grond; Andreas Herren; Stève Mérillat; Jean Jacques Fermé
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Paper Abstract

High precision space optics requires ultra stable lightweight platforms, which have to survive the launch loads and to maintain their stability under space environment. Such benches require a high planarity, small roughness and are usually made of the same material as the carried equipment. For space systems mass is a penalty, thus optical platforms are lightweighted by machining features. Besides of being not too mass efficient, this reduces significantly the load carrying capability of the base material. The challenge for us was to develop, qualify and deliver optical benches, providing a high mass reduction, while maintaining the load carrying capacity of the base material. Such an optical bench has been developed and built by Oerlikon Space and was equipped together with SESO with the high performing optical components for the flight model of the Aladin Mie Spectrometer for Astrium Toulouse. All tests have proven the high strength and stability of the adopted concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7100, Optical Design and Engineering III, 710017 (27 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.797591
Show Author Affiliations
Elisabetta Rugi Grond, Oerlikon Space AG (Switzerland)
Andreas Herren, Oerlikon Space AG (Switzerland)
Stève Mérillat, Oerlikon Space AG (Switzerland)
Jean Jacques Fermé, Société Européenne de Systèmes Optiques (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7100:
Optical Design and Engineering III
Laurent Mazuray; Rolf Wartmann; Andrew Wood; Jean-Luc Tissot; Jeffrey M. Raynor, Editor(s)

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