23 August 2017 Recent advancements in robotic micro-optical assembly at the Lockheed Martin Optical Payload Center of Excellence
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Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Optical Payloads Center of Excellence is in process of standing up the Robotic Optical Assembly System (ROAS) capability at Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies in Colorado. This currently implemented Robotic Optical Assembly has enabled Lockheed Martin to create world-leading, ultra-lowSWAP photonic devices using a closed-loop control robot to precisely position and align micro-optics with a potential fill factor of >25 optics per square inch. This paper will discuss the anticipated applications and optical capability when ROAS is fully operational, as well as challenge the audience to update their "rules of thumb" and best practices when designing low-SWAP optical-mechanical systems that take advantage of Lockheed Martin's ROAS capability. This paper will reveal demonstrated optical pointing and stability performance achievable with ROAS and why we believe these optical specifications are relevant for the majority of anticipated applications. After a high level overview of the ROAS current state, this paper will focus in on recent results of the "Reworkable Micro-Optics Mounting IRAD". Results from this IRAD will correlate to the anticipated optical specifications required for relevant applications.
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David Hwang, Thomas M. Larson, "Recent advancements in robotic micro-optical assembly at the Lockheed Martin Optical Payload Center of Excellence", Proc. SPIE 10371, Optomechanical Engineering 2017, 103710O (23 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275646; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2275646
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