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Deployment precision measurement modeling of a deployable space telescope based on tape springs
Author(s): Chuang Li; Xuegui Feng
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Paper Abstract

Tape springs have many advantages to develop spaced-based deployable systems because of their simple structures, light weights, high stiffness, and the abilities of self-deploy and self-lock. Their applications in deployable space structures make the spaced-based systems fulfill the requirements of light weight and compact launching volume. A new kind of deployable space telescope under research uses tape springs as the support structure of secondary mirror. Before launch, the support structure of secondary mirror is folded, and deployed when on orbit. In order to achieve near diffraction limited imaging quality, the deployment precision must reach the level consistent with the optical compensation system. We designed an accurate measuring system based on position sensitive detectors (PSDs) to measure the deployment precision. The measuring system includes 3 laser diodes, 3 two-dimensional PSDs around the primary mirror of the deployable telescope, and 3 small mirrors around the secondary mirror. The equations linking the PSD readings and the six-degree-of-freedom displacement of the secondary mirror were deduced. With these equations, the deployment errors can be resolved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8321, Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation, 83212R (16 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.905134
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Chuang Li, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Xuegui Feng, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8321:
Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation
Kuang-Chao Fan; Man Song; Rong-Sheng Lu, Editor(s)

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