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Shock and vibration tests of space light-weighted corner cubes manufactured with adhesion process
Author(s): N. Cocheteau; C. du Jeu; M. Voisin; A. Maurel-Pantel; F. Lebon; S. Begoc

Paper Abstract

The interferometer of the third generation meteorological satellite is composed by two corner cubes. The specifications, in terms of optical performances - wave front error (WFE) - and mechanical and thermal environments are very stringent compared to the actual knowledge. To answer to the mass, optical and mechanical specifications, a lightweighted hollow corner cube have been designed. An integration process based on enhanced molecular adhesion have been developed and tested in collaboration with CNES and LMA. This process required a fine polishing of the three mirrors of the corner cube before adhesion in order to obtain a very low flatness, roughness and angle precision. The mechanical resistance of the enhanced molecular adhesion process have been validated on three mockups submitted to shock and vibrations. The optical performances have been demonstrate on flight model corner cubes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111808B (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536218
Show Author Affiliations
N. Cocheteau, Thales SESO S.A.S. (France)
C. du Jeu, Thales SESO S.A.S. (France)
M. Voisin, Lab. of Mechanics et Acoustics (France)
A. Maurel-Pantel, Lab. of Mechanics et Acoustics (France)
F. Lebon, Lab. of Mechanics et Acoustics (France)
S. Begoc, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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