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In-flight aberrations corrections for large space telescopes using active optics
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Paper Abstract

The need for both high quality images and light structures is a constant concern in the conception of space telescopes. The goal here is to determine how an active optics system could be embarked on a satellite in order to correct the wave front deformations of the optical train. The optical aberrations appearing in a space environment are due to mirrors' deformations, with three main origins: the thermal variations, the weightlessness in space with respect to the Assemblage, Integration and Testing (AIT) conditions on ground and the use of large weightlighted primary mirrors. We are developing a model of deformable mirror as minimalist as possible, especially in term of number of actuators, which is able to correct the first Zernike polynomials in the specified range of amplitude and precision. Flight constraints as weight, volume and power consumption have to be considered. Firstly, such a system is designed according to the equations from the elasticity theory: we determine the geometrical and mechanical characteristics of the mirror, the location of the forces to be applied and the way to apply them. The concept is validated with a Finite Element Analysis (FEA), allowing optimizing the system by taking into account parameters absent from the theory. At the end of the program the mirror will be realized and characterized in a representative optical configuration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 77393A (23 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856015
Show Author Affiliations
M. Laslandes, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
M. Ferrari, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
E. Hugot, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
G. Lemaitre, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7739:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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