8 October 1980 Secondary Mirror Subassembly In The 2.4 m NASA Optical Telescope
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The design of the Secondary Mirror Subassembly (SMSA) in the 2.4m NASA Optical Telescope is presented. The secondary mirror is a circular disc provided with a shoulder. Three clamps located 120 apart support the mirror shoulder. On one side of the mirror shoulder, a coated graphite-epoxy ring connects the three clamps. Three axial flexures with a low radial compliance extend out from a support platform constructed of coated graphite-epoxy box struts and invar corners, and provide a nominal in-plane zero coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE). In each invar corner piece, a ball joint provides a connection to a six-degree-of-freedom adjustment system that can move the secondary mirror with a high degree of precision in defocus, decenter, and tilt. Thermal controls that maintain structural-element temperature variations within specified limits insure that the SMSA exceeds stability and figure control requirements on the secondary mirror.
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N. Ahmed, N. Ahmed, K. Doyle, K. Doyle, "Secondary Mirror Subassembly In The 2.4 m NASA Optical Telescope", Proc. SPIE 0250, Optomechanical Systems Design, (8 October 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959432; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.959432
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