1 December 1991 MIT multipoint alignment testbed: technology development for optical interferometry
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A class of proposed space-based astronomical missions requiring large baselines and precision alignment can benefit from the application of Controlled Structures Technology. One candidate mission, that of a 35 meter baseline orbiting optical interferometer, is studied as a focus mission for a testbed for controlled structures research. Interferometry science requirements are investigated and used to design a laboratory testbed which captures the essential architecture, physics and performance requirements of a full scale instrument. Testbed hardware used for identification and control is presented, including an on-board six-axis laser metrology system using state of the art cat's eye retroreflectors. The testbed and research program are discussed in terms of controlled structures design and in terms of the expected benefits to the optical engineering and science communities.
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Gary H. Blackwood, Gary H. Blackwood, Robert N. Jacques, Robert N. Jacques, David W. Miller, David W. Miller, } "MIT multipoint alignment testbed: technology development for optical interferometry", Proc. SPIE 1542, Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48823; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.48823

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