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6 July 2018 In-space assembly application and technology for NASA's future science observatory and platform missions
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Significant developments are being made for the in-space assembly (iSA) of lightweight structures and spacecraft systems that are needed for NASA’s future science observatory and platform missions. Technology advances in autonomy, robotic manipulators, and modular architectures now make iSA and servicing possible at an acceptable risk and cost. Future in-space system capabilities will be needed for large optical observatory and science platform missions in order to assess key structural design considerations. This paper discusses possible NASA applications of iSA, capability and technology needs for telescope assembly, and emerging technologies for space systems in the future.
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Lynn M. Bowman, W. Keith Belvin, Erik E. Komendera, John T. Dorsey, and Bill R. Doggett "In-space assembly application and technology for NASA's future science observatory and platform missions", Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 1069826 (6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2311413
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