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1 September 1991 Semiactive telescope for the French PRONAOS submillimetric mission
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The basic design of the different units constituting the full CFRP telescope for the PRONAOS submillimetric mission is described. The alignment technique is discussed, and results of optical performance measurements are presented. The instrumentation comprising the telescope consists of a reference CFRP box made of two floor sandwich panels distanced by a frame of flat sandwich panels. It provides all the mechanical interfaces internal to the telescope as well as all those needed with the gondola. The secondary structure is also made from CFRP beams organized in a framework which provides the fixations for the thermal protection panels and which ends in an electroactuated aperture door. The PRONAOS telescope's deployed configuration is illustrated. The adequacy of the semiactive mirror concept to meet very low areal mass while obtaining ultimate surface accuracy in the submillimeter wavelength domain is demonstrated.
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Michel Duran, Philippe Luquet, F. Buisson, and Bernard Cousin "Semiactive telescope for the French PRONAOS submillimetric mission", Proc. SPIE 1494, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments, (1 September 1991);


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