From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2017
The need for high payload dynamic stability and ultra-stable mechanical systems is an overarching technology need for large space telescopes such as the Large Ultraviolet / Optical / Infrared (LUVOIR) Surveyor. Wavefront error stability of less than 10 picometers RMS of uncorrected system WFE per wavefront control step represents a drastic performance improvement over current space-based telescopes being fielded. Previous studies of similar telescope architectures have shown that passive telescope isolation approaches are hard-pressed to meet dynamic stability requirements and usually involve complex actively-controlled elements and sophisticated metrology. To meet these challenging dynamic stability requirements, an isolation architecture that involves no mechanical contact between telescope and the host spacecraft structure has the potential of delivering this needed performance improvement. One such architecture, previously developed by Lockheed Martin called Disturbance Free Payload (DFP), is applied to and analyzed for LUVOIR. In a noncontact DFP architecture, the payload and spacecraft fly in close proximity, and interact via non-contact actuators to allow precision payload pointing and isolation from spacecraft vibration. Because disturbance isolation through non-contact, vibration isolation down to zero frequency is possible, and high-frequency structural dynamics of passive isolators are not introduced into the system. In this paper, the system-level analysis of a non-contact architecture is presented for LUVOIR, based on requirements that are directly traceable to its science objectives, including astrophysics and the direct imaging of habitable exoplanets. Aspects of architecture and how they contribute to system performance are examined and tailored to the LUVOIR architecture and concept of operation.
Larry D. Dewell, Kiarash Tajdaran, Raymond M. Bell, Kuo-Chia Liu, Matthew R. Bolcar, Lia W. Sacks, Julie A. Crooke, and Carl Blaurock, "Dynamic stability with the disturbance-free payload architecture as applied to the Large UV/Optical/Infrared (LUVOIR) Mission," Proc. SPIE 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII, 103980B (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 06, 2017; Published: 5 September 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2274287.
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