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A prototype micro-autonomous positioning system for mirror deployment within multi-object instruments
Author(s): W. D. Taylor; D. C. Atkinson; W. A. Cochrane; D. M. Montgomery; H. Schnetler; T. E. C. Baillie; S. Clausen
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Paper Abstract

The complexity and size of instruments for next generation telescopes demands innovative approaches to existing problems. Within this framework, we present MAPS; a Micro Autonomous Positioning System for mirror deployment in an E-ELT instrument such as EAGLE. The micro-robots have a 25mmx25mm footprint and utilise RF communications and small rechargeable batteries to be completely wireless. Coarse positioning and fine alignment is achieved through the use of miniature gear motors and gearheads. Positional information is determined externally and corrective motions relayed to the robots. This paper reports on the challenges which such a system presents, current developments, and areas of expected future research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 77391D (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856723
Show Author Affiliations
W. D. Taylor, Institute for Astronomy (United Kingdom)
D. C. Atkinson, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
W. A. Cochrane, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
D. M. Montgomery, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
H. Schnetler, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
T. E. C. Baillie, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
S. Clausen, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7739:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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