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1 May 1996 Magnetically damped vibration isolation system for a space shuttle payload
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A new vibration isolation system for a Space Shuttle payload is described. Designed for a large optical instrument to be launched aboard the next Hubble Telescope servicing mission, the system uses a set of eight telescoping struts to mount the payload to a shuttle pallet. Each strut is a combination of a titanium coil spring and a passive damper. The latter dissipates energy through eddy currents induced in a conductor moving in a dc magnetic field. The result is a simple, robust, all-metal isolation mount that is linear over a long stroke, relatively insensitive to temperature, and contains no fluids. Design of the system is described and strut- level test results are given along with predictions for system-level isolation under flight loads.
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David A. Kienholz, Christian A. Smith, and William B. Haile "Magnetically damped vibration isolation system for a space shuttle payload", Proc. SPIE 2720, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Passive Damping and Isolation, (1 May 1996);

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