From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2017
The Meteosat Third Generation’s extreme pointing requirements call for a highly stable bracket for mounting the Star Trackers. HB-Cesic®, a chopped fibre reinforced silicon carbide, was selected as a base material for the sensor bracket. The high thermal conductivity and low thermal expansion of HB-Cesic® were the key properties to fulfil the demanding thermo-elastic pointing requirements of below 1μrad/K for the Star Trackers mounting interfaces. Dominated by thermoelastic stability requirements, the design and analysis of the Bracket required a multidisciplinary approach with the focus on thermal and thermo-elastic analyses. Dedicated modal and thermal post-processing strategies have been applied in the scope of the light weighting process. The experimental verification of this thermo-elastic stable system has been a challenging task of its own. A thermo-elastic distortion measurement rig was developed with a stability of <0.1μrad/K in all three rotational degrees of freedom.
Matthias Kroedel and Christoph Zauner, "Challenges of designing and testing a highly stable sensor platform: Cesic solves MTG star sensor bracket thermoelastic requirements," Proc. SPIE 10372, Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems III, 103720H (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 07, 2017; Published: 5 September 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2275318.
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