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Analysis and testing of a soft actuation system for segmented-reflector articulation and isolation
Author(s): Louise Jandura; Michael L. Agronin
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Paper Abstract

Segmented reflectors have been proposed for space-based applications such as optical communication and large-diameter telescopes. An actuation system for mirrors in a space-based segmented mirror array has been developed as part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration-sponsored Precision Segmented Reflector program. The actuation system, called the Articulated Panel Module (APM), articulates a mirror panel in 3 degrees of freedom in the submicron regime, isolates the panel from structural motion, and simplifies space assembly of the mirrors to the reflector backup truss. A breadboard of the APM has been built and is described. Three-axis modeling, analysis, and testing of the breadboard is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1542, Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48809
Show Author Affiliations
Louise Jandura, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael L. Agronin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1542:
Active and Adaptive Optical Systems
Mark A. Ealey, Editor(s)

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