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Review on on-orbit assembly of large space telescopes
Author(s): Yang Song; Chuang Li; Hui Zhao; Siyu Xia; Xupeng Li; Xuewu Fan
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Paper Abstract

Space telescopes are widely used nowadays with the development of space optics and manufacture technologies. Large aperture of telescope means better resolution and observation. However, due to the carrying capacity and outline dimension of rocket, the aperture of telescope cannot be too large. In order to get the large telescope, more and more scientists and engineers are coming to a new idea that assembling the large space telescope on orbit. First of all, the paper makes an introduction about the concepts and types of on-orbit assembly for telescope. Then paper presents some projects which are being conducted and takes one project as an example to introduce specific implementation methods of on-orbit assembly. What’s more, high precision robots are needed in this process. Therefore, paper also introduces technologies about the robots for space assembly. At last, the paper summarizes the features and technical difficulties in on-orbit assembly of large space telescope. Furthermore, the paper points out the development directions about on-orbit assembly telescope in the future, which can give some help or guidance to engineers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 11341, AOPC 2019: Space Optics, Telescopes, and Instrumentation, 1134103 (18 December 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2539065
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Yang Song, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Chuang Li, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Hui Zhao, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Siyu Xia, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Xupeng Li, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Xuewu Fan, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11341:
AOPC 2019: Space Optics, Telescopes, and Instrumentation
Suijian Xue; Xuejun Zhang; Carl Anthony Nardell; Ziyang Zhang, Editor(s)

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