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Hardware demonstration of starshade formation flying sensing and control algorithms
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Paper Abstract

One of the most promising mission concepts for imaging and characterizing Earth-like planets about other stars is a telescope/starshade system. But, in order to maximize the number of targets accessible for a given mission formation-keeping strategies are required. This paper details the design and implementation of a formation ying hardware-in-the-loop simulation in the existing Princeton Starshade Testbed to validate formation sensing and control algorithms while maintaining high contrast with a ight-like starshade. We present initial experimental results to help advance the starshade technology gap of formation sensing and control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11117, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IX, 111170N (17 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2528437
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Leonel M. Palacios, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Anthony Harness, Princeton Univ. (United States)
N. Jeremy Kasdin, Princeton Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11117:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IX
Stuart B. Shaklan, Editor(s)

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