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Opto-mechanical modeling of the Herschel Space Telescope at ESA/ESTEC
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Paper Abstract

In this paper the opto-mechanical modeling of the Herschel infrared space telescope at ESA/ESTEC is presented. The aim of the paper is to give an overview of all modeling activities that took place between 2006 and 2010. In 2006 ESA commissioned a Tiger Team to review the discrepancy between the prediction and measurement of the change in telescope back focal length of the Herschel infrared space telescope. The understanding of the discrepancy was essential since the telescope did not have a refocusing mechanism and hence had to be shimmed to the focus position at cryogenic operational temperature. A team of 16 engineers and scientists collocated at ESA/ESTEC to review the finite element models, optical models and test data used for the prediction of the telescope back focal length. The methodology of prediction, the uncertainties and the obtained results were critically assessed. The team used various modeling techniques including paraxial optical models, first order linear thermal expansion models, full system and metrology ray tracing, deterministic and stochastic thermo-elastic finite element analyses. The opto-mechanical analysis techniques, assumptions and results are discussed. In addition the impact of new measurements of coefficients of thermal expansion, performed after shimming of the telescope flight model, are addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8336, Integrated Modeling of Complex Optomechanical Systems, 833604 (10 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.915669
Show Author Affiliations
S. Fransen, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
D. Doyle, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
B. Catanzaro, CFE Services (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8336:
Integrated Modeling of Complex Optomechanical Systems
Torben Andersen; Anita Enmark, Editor(s)

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