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Corrective optics space telescope axial replacement alignment system
Author(s): Robert B. Slusher; Michael J. Satter; Michael L. Kaplan; Mark A. Martella; Ed D. Freymiller; Victor A. Buzzetta
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Paper Abstract

To facilitate the accurate placement and alignment of the corrective optics space telescope axial replacement (COSTAR) structure, mechanisms, and optics, the COSTAR Alignment System (CAS) has been designed and assembled. It consists of a 20-foot optical bench, support structures for holding and aligning the COSTAR instrument at various stages of assembly, a focal plane target fixture (FPTF) providing an accurate reference to the as-built Hubble Space Telescope (HST) focal plane, two alignment translation stages with interchangeable alignment telescopes and alignment lasers, and a Zygo Mark IV interferometer with a reference sphere custom designed to allow accurate double-pass operation of the COSTAR correction optics. The system is used to align the fixed optical bench (FOB), the track, the deployable optical bench (DOB), the mechanisms, and the optics to ensure that the correction mirrors are all located in the required positions and orientations on-orbit after deployment. In this paper, the layout of the CAS is presented and the various alignment operations are listed along with the relevant alignment requirements. In addition, calibration of the necessary support structure elements and alignment aids is described, including the two-axis translation stages, the latch positions, the FPTF, and the COSTAR-mounted alignment cubes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1996, Optical Alignment, (15 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.160414
Show Author Affiliations
Robert B. Slusher, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Michael J. Satter, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Michael L. Kaplan, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Mark A. Martella, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Ed D. Freymiller, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Victor A. Buzzetta, Ball Aerospace (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1996:
Optical Alignment
Mitchell C. Ruda, Editor(s)

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