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17 September 2019 Hardware demonstration of starshade formation flying sensing and control algorithms
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One of the most promising mission concepts for imaging and characterizing Earth-like planets about other stars is a telescope/starshade system. But, in order to maximize the number of targets accessible for a given mission formation-keeping strategies are required. This paper details the design and implementation of a formation ying hardware-in-the-loop simulation in the existing Princeton Starshade Testbed to validate formation sensing and control algorithms while maintaining high contrast with a ight-like starshade. We present initial experimental results to help advance the starshade technology gap of formation sensing and control.
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Leonel M. Palacios, Anthony Harness, and N. Jeremy Kasdin "Hardware demonstration of starshade formation flying sensing and control algorithms", Proc. SPIE 11117, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IX, 111170N (17 September 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2528437
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