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CubeSat deformable mirror demonstration
Author(s): Kerri Cahoy; Anne Marinan; Caitlin Kerr; Kezi Cheng; Sara Jamil
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Paper Abstract

The goal of the CubeSat Deformable Mirror Demonstration (DeMi) is to characterize the performance of a small deformable mirror over a year in low-Earth orbit. Small form factor deformable mirrors are a key technology needed to correct optical system aberrations in high contrast, high dynamic range space telescope applications such as space-based coronagraphic direct imaging of exoplanets. They can also improve distortions and reduce bit error rates for space-based laser communication systems. While follow-on missions can take advantage of this general 3U CubeSat platform to test the on-orbit performance of several different types of deformable mirrors, this first design accommodates a 32-actuator Boston Micromachines MEMS deformable mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84424F (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926681
Show Author Affiliations
Kerri Cahoy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Anne Marinan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Caitlin Kerr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Kezi Cheng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Sara Jamil, Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8442:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Mark C. Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen; Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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