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Acquisition, tracking, pointing, and line-of-sight control laboratory experiments for a space-based bifocal relay mirror
Author(s): Michael G. Spencer; Brij N. Agrawal; Marcello Romano; Richard L. Brunson; James D. Dillow; Douglas H. Nelson; J. J. Connors; Sergio R. Restaino
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Paper Abstract

Space based bifocal relay mirrors are potentially an enabling/enhancing piece of any architecture making use of long-range laser propagation. Inherent in the bifocal concept is dual line of sight control. This is especially challenging in this space-based application due to spacecraft attitude control issues. This paper presents a summary of the research into acquisition, tracking, pointing (ATP) and control technologies relevant to a bifocal relay mirror system as well as the development of a laboratory experimental test bed to integrate the advanced optics systems onto a Three-axis spacecraft simulator. The relay geometry includes a cooperative source and either a cooperative or non-cooperative target depending on the application. The described test bed is a joint effort with the Air Force Research Laboratory (optics) and the Naval Postgraduate School (spacecraft simulator).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4714, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XVI, (1 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.472600
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Michael G. Spencer, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Brij N. Agrawal, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Marcello Romano, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Richard L. Brunson, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
James D. Dillow, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Douglas H. Nelson, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
J. J. Connors, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Sergio R. Restaino, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4714:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XVI
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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