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The Breadboard model of the LISA telescope assembly
Author(s): S. Lucarelli; D. Scheulen; D. Kemper; R. Sippel; A. Verlaan; H. Hogenhuis; D. Ende

Paper Abstract

The primary goal of the LISA mission is the detection of gravitational waves from astronomical sources in a frequency range of 10-4 to 1 Hz. This requires operational stabilities in the picometer range as well as highly predictable mechanical distortions upon cooling down, outgassing in space, and gravity release.

In March 2011 ESA announced a new way forward for the Lclass candidate missions, including LISA. ESA and the scientific community are now studying options for European-only missions that offer a significant reduction of the costs, while maintaining their core science objectives. In this context LISA has become the New Gravitational wave Observatory (NGO).

Despite this reformulation, the need for dimensional stability in the picometer range remains valid, and ESA have continued the corresponding LISA Technology Development Activities (TDA’s) also in view of NGO. In such frame Astrium GmbH and xperion (Friedrichshafen, Germany) have designed and manufactured an ultra-stable CFRP breadboard of the LISA telescope in order to experimentally demonstrate that the structure and the M1 & M2 mirror mounts are fulfilling the LISA requirements in the mission operational thermal environment. Suitable techniques to mount the telescope mirrors and to support the M1 & M2 mirrors have been developed, with the aim of measuring a system CTE of less than 10-7 K-1 during cooling down to -80°C. Additionally to the stringent mass and stiffness specifications, the required offset design makes the control of relative tilts and lateral displacements between the M1 and M2 mirrors particularly demanding.

The thermo-elastic performance of the telescope assembly is going to be experimentally verified by TNO (Delft, The Netherlands) starting from the second half of 2012.

This paper addresses challenges faced in the design phase, shows the resulting hardware and present first outcomes of the test campaign performed at TNO.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105640J (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309050
Show Author Affiliations
S. Lucarelli, EADS Astrium (Germany)
D. Scheulen, EADS Astrium (Germany)
D. Kemper, EADS Astrium (Germany)
R. Sippel, EADS Astrium (Germany)
A. Verlaan, TNO (Netherlands)
H. Hogenhuis, TNO (Netherlands)
D. Ende, xperion Aerospace GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10564:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012
Bruno Cugny; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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