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Full Aperture Mechanical Beam Steering
Author(s): Timothy Stephens; William R. Davis; Steven E. Forman
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Paper Abstract

An effort is underway to develop a high acceleration beam steering system for rapid, sequential pointing to multiple targets. A generalized analysis is first presented relating mirror steering performance and residual vibration distortions. The analysis is further generalized to systems which use multiple, independently-targeted apertures to increase retargeting rates. Then the design of an agile, two-meter steering flat and drive system is discussed. Lightweight mirror structure designs are evaluated, drive system candidates are compared, and an experiment for characterizing hydraulic servovalves and actuators is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0783, Laser Radar II, (24 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940574
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy Stephens, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
William R. Davis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
Steven E. Forman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0783:
Laser Radar II
Richard J. Becherer; Robert C. Harney, Editor(s)

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